Carbondale, Ill. – Tennessee State teamed for a 52-over, 340, during the first round of the Saluki Invitational on Sunday. The score is good for 12th place in the field of 15 and are nine strokes behind Chicago State.
Sarah Needleman led the Tigers through the first round with an 8-over, 80. The senior will head into the final day in 34th place out of 90 golfers and is nine strokes off the lead. Needleman opened strong and was even through the first 11 holes. The Fishers, Ind. native notched her lone birdie on the par-4, 9th, as she knocked her second shot to five feet from 140 yards out for the makeable putt.
Natalie Spicer and Kelly Merkel followed Needleman on the scorecard with an 85 and 87, respectively. Imani Stingley carded the final countable score for TSU with an 88. Stingley finished play on the par-5’s with the second best play of the tournament paced by a birdie on No. 6. The sophomore opened the hole with a drive to the middle of the fairway before hitting a 5-iron to about 105 out. Stingley then punched an 8-iron low and out of the wind to a foot of the flag for a tap in putt.
Freshman Paige Harlin posted a non-scoring 92 on Sunday.
The final day of the Saluki Invitational will begin with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start on Monday.
34. Sarah Needleman - 80
57. Natalie Spicer - 85
66. Kelly Merkel - 87
70. Imani Stingley - 88
77. Paige Harlin - 92