Tigers Complete Day One of Murray State Invitational
MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team entered the weekend for its final tournament before the Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The Tigers took to the course on Friday for the first two rounds of the Murray State Invitational at the Par-72, 6,017 yard Miller Memorial Golf Course.
TSU carded a team 342 in the morning session, before registering a 348 in the afternoon. The Tigers are 114-over and are currently in 11th and are 31 strokes behind SIU-Edwardsville.
Natalie Spicer, Sarah Needleman, Kelly Merkel and Imani Stingley scored for the Tigers in round one, while Laura Bremer teamed with Needleman, Merkel and Stingley to mark in round two.
Needleman (82-82=164) led the way for the Tigers on the first day as she shot a pair of 82’s. The junior found eight greens in each round and hit 21-of-28 fairways combined on Friday, while averaging just under two putts per hole. Needleman sank a 10-foot putt on No. 9 for birdie during the morning round and added two more 1-under’s in the later round.
The first was an eight-footer on the par-4, 6th, with the second coming on the par-4, 15th. The Fishers, Ind. native found herself under a tree 165 yards out, needing a 7-wood off an uphill slope, landing six feet from the hole for the makeable putt.
Spicer (80-93=173) led TSU through round one as she carded an 8-over, 80, before struggling during the second round. Spicer drained a 20-foot putt on No. 10 for her lone birdie and added 10 pars on her low round of the day. In the afternoon, the sophomore hit nine fairways and seven greens, while converting five up-and-downs to save par.
Merkel (90-83=173) shaved seven strokes off her first round score to match Spicer with a 173 on the day. The junior hit 17 fairways, 15 greens and needed 71 putts for the first 36 holes.
Only two strokes separate Stingley and Bremer, as Stingley (90-92=182) found success on the greens averaging 1.6 putts per hole. The freshman hit 16 fairways and nine greens during the first two rounds. Bremer (93-91=184) finished the day with eight fairways, four greens and 68 putts.
The final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30am on Thursday Morning.