Needleman Cards 7-Over, 79 to Pace Tigers
OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team continued play at the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference golf championships on Tuesday morning. The Tigers shot a 341 on day two and remain in 10th place on the Par-72, 6,050 yard Hampton Cove on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Jacksonville State continues to lead the team competition after matching their 13-over, 301, from day one. Eastern Kentucky remains second, now four strokes back.
Anna Magnusson of Morehead State shot a 1-under, 71, to pull into a tie with first round leader Whitney Robertson of Tennessee Tech. The two golfers are 1-over on the tournament.
Natalie Spicer (77-86=163) continues to lead the way for the Tigers despite falling off the leaders pace. Spicer managed just eight fairways and five greens, while carding four pars and two birdies as she shot a 14-over on the day.
Spicer sank a 25-foot putt on the par-4, 2nd, and chipped in from the bunker on the par-4, 6th for her two birdies on Tuesday.
Sarah Needleman (91-79=170) entered the clubhouse as the low scorer for TSU during round two. The junior hit 13-of-14 fairways and 11 greens as she fired a 7-over, 79.
Needleman used a knockdown 7-wood to find the green on the par-3, 8th. The Fishers, Ind., product connected on a 35-foot putt for her first of two birdies on the day.
On the par-3, 11th, Needleman used a 5-iron off the tee box to land 15-feet from the flag. Needleman would drain the downhill putt to ignite her play.
Kelly Merkel (80-86=166) matched Spicer on Tuesday with a 14-over, 86. The junior hit a 6-iron to the right of the pin, leaving 15 feet for the birdie. Merkel hit nine fairways and nine greens as she used a sand-save on the par-3, 4th and the par-4 12th.
Imani Stingley (91-90=181) started the day off right with a birdie on the first hole and was headed towards a personal best before running into trouble on the par-5, 15th. Stingley hit 10 fairways and eight greens, while averaging two putts per hole. The freshman closed out the day as he began, by carding a birdie on the 18th.
Laura Bremer (93-97=190) rounded out play for the Tigers as she hit four fairways, four greens and 33 putts. Bremer saved par on No. 11 with a 15 foot putt from off the green.
Bremer will go out first at 8:00am on the final day of the championships. Stingley will take to the course at 8:10am and will be followed by Needleman at 8:20am, Merkel at 8:30am and Spicer at 8:40am. TSU will once again be paired with SIU Edwardsville for the second consecutive round.
Hole-by-hole live results of the championship can be accessed through links at OVCSports.com.