Tigers Show Considerable Improvement on Final Day
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Tigers Show Considerable Improvement on Final Day
Senior Kelly Merkel out of the sand on No. 14

MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team rebounded on Tuesday at the Murray State Invitational. The Tigers finished 12th on the 6,017 yard, Par-72 Miller Memorial Golf Course, but cut 38 strokes off its round one score.

Of the 12 team field, TSU recorded the seventh lowest team score during the second round.

“The first round was just one of those days,” head coach Parrish McGrath said. “Today was more reminiscent of their ability and the work they have put in.”

Kelly Merkel led the way in the charge as she chopped 11 strokes off of Monday’s round. Natalie Spicer and Paige Harlin each cut 10 strokes off, while Sarah Needleman was seven strokes better than the previous round.

Merkel (89-78=167) and Needleman (91-84=175) provided senior leadership with steady play. Merkel shot 6-over on the day as she hit nine fairways and 10 greens, while Needleman found nine fairways and seven greens.

Spicer (91-81=172) carded two birdies, nine pars and three up-and-downs to spark her play on day two. On the par-4, 7th, the junior drained a 45 foot putt for her first birdie of the year. Spicer recorded her second on the par-4, 10th, as she used a pitching wedge on her second shot to within nine feet setting up a makeable putt.

Harlin (94-84=178) settled in on her second collegiate round as she used eight up-and-downs to register an 84. The freshman chipped on from just off the green on the par-3, 16th, setting up a 20 foot putt to save par.

Imani Stingley (100-105=205) struggled early, but was able to find her game over the final few holes as she hit three greens and two fairways.

“The only bad news is we have to wait a few weeks to go back out,” commented McGrath. “We are excited about our performance today and look forward to our next event.”

The Tigers are off until Sept. 28 when they will take part in the Chris Banister Golf Classic in Glencoe, Ala..