GLENCOE, Ala. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team completed the first of three days at the Chris Banister Golf Classic hosted by Jacksonville State. The Tigers are in 12th place after shooting a 55-over, 343 on Sunday at the RTJ Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe, Ala.
Sarah Needleman led the Tigers on day one by tying for the top spot of the 74-golfer field in play on the par-5’s. The senior recorded two birdies and played the four long distance holes at 1-under.
On the first hole of the day, Needleman knocked a 5-iron to five feet in front of the pin to start the day at 1-under. As she made the turn, Needleman once again found success on a par-5. On No. 1, she hit an 8-iron to two-feet left of the pin setting up an easy putt.
Needleman used her accuracy off the tee box to establish her day by hitting 13-of-14 fairways and finding 10 greens on her way to an 8-over, 80.
Fellow senior, Kelly Merkel shot an 11-over, 83, as she hit eight fairways and nine greens on Sunday. Merkel found the bottom of the cup on a 10-foot putt by reading the right-to-left break for birdie on No. 14.
Junior Natalie Spicer scored for TSU with a 14-over, 86, by executing five up-and-downs to save par. Spicer finished with nine fairways and six greens leading to nine pars.
Imani Stingley earned the final scoring spot for the Tigers with a 94. The sophomore hit nine fairways, two greens and six up-and-downs during the first round.
Paige Harlin posted a 102 for the Tigers non-scoring member.
TSU will be paired with Lipscomb and West Alabama for the second round and will start on No. 10. Harlin will head out first with an 8:09 a.m. tee time. Stingley will take to the course at 8:18 a.m. and will be followed by Spicer at 8:27 a.m., Merkel at 8:36 a.m. and Needleman at 8:45 a.m.