NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team closed out the fall portion of its schedule in historic fashion. The Tigers fired a record low 318 during as Lipscomb won the dual match with a 305 on Friday afternoon at McCabe Field Golf Course. The new record for the Tigers is five strokes better than one day short of a year ago when they faced the Bisons in a dual match.
Leading the charge for the Tigers was junior Natalie Spicer who shot a 2-over, 74, second only to Lipscomb’s Samantha Griffith who earned individual honors with an Even, 72. The score for Spicer was a career low and tied for second in the TSU career record book for lowest round by an individual and the best since Jamie Pierce posted the score in 2010.
The mark fell two strokes off the Tennessee State record set in 2006 by Jessica Nemnich.
Spicer hit eight fairways and 14 greens on her way to two birdies and a dual best, 13 pars, including two up-and-downs to save par on the par-4, 7th and the par-3, 17th. The third-year made the turn at 2-over, but fell to 4-over with a double bogey on No. 10. Spicer would bounce back right away with back-to-back birdies to return to 2-over, before she recorded pars over the final six holes.
On the par-4, 11th, Spicer stuck her second shot to two feet of the flag from 45 yards out with a 60 degree wedge. After the short putt, Spicer followed up on the par-3, 12th, with a 5-iron off the tee box from 155 yards to 10 feet from the pin. The Springfield, Tenn. native drained the putt on her career day.
Kelly Merkel finished fifth on the day as she hit 10-of-14 fairways, 13 greens and 32 putts to register a 4-over, 76. Merkel closed out the day with the second highest amount of birdies as she cut score on the second, third and seventh holes.
On the par-5, 15th, Sarah Needleman chipped onto the green leaving five feet for birdie. The senior dropped the putt for birdie leading her to a 12-over, 84. Needleman hit 10 fairways and eight greens on the afternoon.
Paige Harlin carded 10 pars, the fourth highest amount of the dual, for a 12-over, 84, matching her career best. On the par-3, 2nd, Harlin converted on an up-and-down after thinning her tee shot short of the green. The freshman chipped up to seven feet and drained the putt to save par.
Imani Stingley entered the clubhouse with a non-scoring 87. The sophomore notched seven greens and two fairways averaging two putts per hole. Stingley earned her lone birdie on the par-3, 17th, as she stuck her tee shot with an 8-iron from 135 out to five feet from the hole. Stingley sank the putt to finish with her best score of the year and tying her career low.
Arianna Herrington posted a 118 playing as an individual in her first collegiate event. The freshman picked up her first par on No. 17.
The Tigers are off until the spring portion of its schedule.