GLENCOE, Ala. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team remained in 12th place after the second round of the Chris Banister Golf Classic hosted by Jacksonville State. The Tigers shot a 358 on Monday at the RTJ Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe, Ala.
On day two of the three day event, Kelly Merkel led the way for the Tigers. Merkel hit a 9-iron on her second shot on the par-4, 7th, to two-feet of the pin on her way to a birdie. The senior hit 10-of-14 fairways, six greens and used 34 putts on her way to an 86.
TSU’s leader on day one, Sarah Needleman, picked up three birdies on the day as she carded an 87. The success on the three holes has the Fishers, Ind., native tied for the second most birdies for the tournament.
Her first of the day came on the par-4, 13th, as she drove a 7-wood to five feet of the cup. Needleman struck again three holes later by sinking a 12-foot putt on No. 16. The senior recorded her final birdie on the par-4, 6th, with a 5-iron from the fairway to six feet of the flag for the makeable putt.
Natalie Spicer and Paige Harlin carded the final two scores for TSU with a 90 and 95, respectively. Spicer made two birdies, six pars, and two up-and-downs, while hitting eight fairways and seven greens in regulation.
Imani Stingley posted a non-scoring 98 on Monday by hitting nine fairways, four greens and 36 putts. The sophomore highlighted the day with a birdie on 15.
In the final round, TSU will once again be paired with Lipscomb and West Alabama beginning at the 10th hole. Harlin tees off at 8:09 a.m., while Stingley heads out at 8:18 a.m., Spicer at 8:27 a.m., Merkel at 8:36 a.m. and Needleman at 8:45 a.m.
Sarah Needleman 80-87=167
Kelly Merkel 83-86-169
Natalie Spicer 86-90=176
Imani Stingley 94-98=192
Paige Harlin 102-95=197