NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With a saturated course, low temperatures and strong winds the Tennessee State women’s golf team faced off with Lipscomb at McCabe Golf Course on Friday. The Bison claimed the dual meet, 315-326.
Samantha Griffith of Lipscomb defeated the harsh conditions to claim the individual title with a 1-under, 71.
Senior Kelly Merkel topped the Tigers scoring as she fired a 5-over, 77, on 10 fairways, 11 greens and 35 putts. Merkel highlighted the day with a birdied on No. 4 North, the par-4, 13th. The Columbia, Tenn. product hit her approach shot to about three feet setting up an easy putt.
Natalie Spicer hit 11 of 14 fairways on the day to go along with 11 greens in regulation to card nine pars and one birdie on her way to a 8-over, 80. The Birdie came on the par-5, 3rd, as she stuck a sand wedge from 66 yards out to two feet from 66 yards out. The junior also converted on two up-and-downs to save par on a pair of par-5’s, the 4th and 16th.
Senior Sarah Needleman and freshman Paige Harlin registered the final two scoring rounds for TSU. Needleman sank a 30-foot putt on the par-3, 12th, on her way to an 84. Harlin dropped a birdie on the par-5, 3rd, as she hit her third a shot to a foot away from 94 yards out, as she recorded an 85 on the day.
Sophomore Imani Stingley missed the cut with a 93. The Brown Deer, Wis., native was strong off the box hitting nine fairways. On the par-4, 11th, Stingley used a hybrid off the tee to 100 yards out. The second-year stuck the approach at 10 feet from the hole and made the putt for her lone birdie of the day.
The Tigers will be back in action on Sun., Mar. 20 at Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tenn.