Tigers Set School Record, Merkel Shoots Career Best
LEDBETTER, Ky. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team walked off the course after the final round of the Jan Weaver - Murray State Invitational in Ledbetter, Ky. with a school record. The Tigers finished the tournament with their lowest score in a 54-hole event. TSU had set the record this time last year when the team combined for a 1,022 at the Par-72, 6,178 yard, Drake Creek Golf Club. A year later, the Tigers returned to the same course and trimmed 11 strokes off for a 1,011.
Kelly Merkel spearheaded the attack as she carded a career best 3-over, 75. The score is the lowest by a Tiger since Jamie Pierce recorded the same mark on November 6, 2010.
Sarah Needleman and Amelia Dap notched 85’s, while Natalie Spicer added the final scoring round with an 87.
Consistent play paced Merkel (80-86-75=241) as she picked up 13 pars and used a 15-foot putt for her lone birdie on Tuesday. The junior converted an up-and-down on No. 5 as she drained an uphill, right to left, 10-footer to save par.
Needleman (86-82-85=253) completed her career best three-round performance by stringing together five consecutive pars. The junior hit 12 fairways, eight greens and used 32 putts during the final session.
Dap (95-87-85=267) saved her best performance of the invitational for last. On the par-4, 10th, Dap found herself in trouble as her tee shot nuzzled up beside the cart path. The red-shirt junior used a 4-iron into the wind and landed the ball just passed the pin setting up a downhill putt. Dap came up short on the birdie and had a tap in for par.
Spicer (85-84-87=256) registered four up-and-downs, while hitting six fairways and six greens. Laura Bremer (89-90-95=274) finished the day with four fairways, six greens and 38 putts.
Freshman Imani Stingley (98-97-95=290) improved for the second consecutive round as she tallied four pars.