EVANSVILLE, Ind. –The Tennessee State women’s golf team opened the week, where they will take to the course three times, by shooting a 50–over, 338, on day one of the Braun Intercollegiate hosted by Evansville University on Monday. The Tigers are in ninth place heading into the final round at the Par-72, 6,032 yard Oak Meadow Country Club.
The host, Evansville, leads the 11-team field after scoring a 30-over, 318. The Aces Kayla Katterhenry leads the individual’s leaderboard with an Even, 72. The Tigers Sarah Needleman carded a 7-over, 79, and entered the clubhouse in fifth place out of 72 players.
Needleman got off to a slow start shooting 4-over through the first three holes, but started to turn things around with a birdie on No. 16. The senior was steady as she made the turn and used a 9-iron from the fairway to five feet of the flag on No. 2 for her second birdie of the day.
The Fishers, Ind. native continued her team leading round by cutting strokes on two of the final six holes. Her last score-cutter came at No. 9, as she hit a 3-wood uphill from 180 yards that stopped an inch from the cup, just missing out on eagle. Needleman tapped in for birdie as she recorded her low score of the season.
Kelly Merkel followed Needleman on the scoreboard for the Tigers as she hit eight fairways, six greens and averaged fewer than two putts per hole to fire an 11-over, 83. Merkel notched two birdies on the day, No. 17 and No. 9. On her final 1-under of the day, Merkel hit a 115-yard wedge to two feet of the pin on No. 9.
Natalie Spicer used three fairways, seven greens, seven pars and a birdie to close out the first round with an 87. Spicer ended the day on the par-3, 13th, as she hit a 9-iron off the tee box from 120 yards to 10 feet. The junior needed just one putt to finish the day on a high note.
Sophomore Imani Stingley shot the final scoring round for the Tigers with seven fairways, five greens and 38 putts for a season best 89. On the fourth hole of the day, Stingley hit a driver off the 14th tee box to the rough a 120 out. The Brown Deer, Wis., native recovered with a 9-iron shot to the green. Stingley drained a 25 foot putt for her lone birdie of the day.
Paige Harlin hit six greens and six fairways on Monday shooting a non-scoring 95.
The final round will begin with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
5. Sarah Needleman 79
25. Kelly Merkel 83
47. Natalie Spicer 87
56. Imani Stingley 89
70. Paige Harlin 95