MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team returned to the links on Friday as part of the Jan Weaver Invitational hosted by Murray State. The Tigers carded a 712 over the first two rounds and are in 12th of 13 squads.
Natalie Spicer leads TSU with a 167 and is tied for 48th in the field of 75 golfers. The juniors recorded nine pars in the morning session and eight more during the afternoon round. Spicer carded her lone birdie of the day during the first round on the 11th hole. The junior hit a 9 iron to a few feet off the right side of the green and drained a putt from about 20 feet.
Kelly Merkel finished the first 18 holes with an 84 before falling off in the second round with a 96. Sarah Needleman reversed her woes of the morning session as she bettered her score by 11 strokes. Needleman had success all day long off the tee box hitting 23 of 28 fairways. The senior highlighted the day by notching a birdie in each round.
During the morning 18, Needleman hit a 7-iron to two feet of the flag for a tap in birdie. The Fishers, Ind. native drained a 35-foot putt from off the green on a par-3 for her final one-under of the day.
Paige Harlin posted a pair of scoring rounds with a 91 and a 93. Her first time on No. 4, Harlin hit an approach shot long into a bunker and punched out to a foot of the hole to save par.
The Tigers will begin the final round at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
48. Natalie Spicer 81-86=167
68. Kelly Merkel 84-96=180
69. Sarah Needleman 96-85=181
70. Paige Harlin 91-93=184
73. Imani Stingley 100-105=205