SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team bounced back from a rough second round to card their best score of the three day Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate.
The Tigers shot a 58-over, 342, on the final day, cutting 13 strokes off their first round score and 27 from day two.
Kelley Merkel (86-86-81=253) posted her best mark of the week with a 9-over, 81, moving her up seven spots, finishing 39th in the field of 74.
Sarah Needleman (87-89-83=259) also experienced her best round on Tuesday with a 12-over, 83. The senior hit eight fairways and six greens and averaged just over one putt per hole. Needleman highlighted the day with a chip in birdie from 20-yards out on the par-4, 7th, a hole that yielded just eight birdies throughout the tournament.
Natalie Spicer (85-89-87=261) and Imani Stingley (99-106-91=296) recorded the final two scoring rounds for the Tigers with an 87 and a 91, respectively.
Despite posting her best round of the week, Paige Harlin (99-106-91=296) posted a non-scoring 91, chopping 15 strokes off her second round score.
The Tigers will travel to Carbondale, Ill. for the Saluki Invitational hosted by Southern Illinois from Mar. 27-28.
39. Kelly Merkel 86-86-81=253
55. Sarah Needleman 87-89-83=259
58. Natalie Spicer 85-89-87=261
72. Paige Harlin 97-105-92=294
73. Imani Stingley 99-106-91=296