OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. – The Ohio Valley Conference Championship concluded play on Wednesday afternoon with the Tennessee State women’s golf team 10th place.
Eastern Kentucky claimed the team title with a combined 24-over, 888, ahead of Tennessee Tech, who closed out play with a 42-over, 905. The Tigers finished the three-day event at 208-over, 1,072.
Moa Folke claimed individual honors at 3-over, 219, three strokes ahead of Anna Gleixner of Eastern Kentucky and Allyson Dunn of Tennessee Tech. Sarah Needleman was the top finisher for TSU with a 29-over, 241, good for 36th place.
Needleman entered the clubhouse for the final time in OVC play with a 10-over, 82. The senior hit 11 fairways and nine greens with six pars and birdies on the par-3, 4th, and the par-4 10th. On No. 4, Needleman found the green from 155-yards out to set-up a 10-foot birdie putt to move her to 1-over heading to the fifth.
The Fishers, Ind. product made the turn at 4-over as she headed to No. 10, where she drained a 20-foot putt to cut a stroke from her score.
Kelly Merkel fired an 88 in her final round of OVC play. Merkel’s final stroke was a tap-in birdie on the par-4, 18th, after her approach shot from just outside of the fairway bunker landed 10 feet from the flag and rolled to inches of the cup, just missing an eagle.
Paige Harlin struggled throughout the day, without recording a par on the through the first 17 holes. Harlin knocked her approach on 18 to within three feet to card her lone birdie of the day.
36. Sarah Needleman 85-78-82=163
44. Natalie Spicer 82-83-98=165
47. Kelly Merkel 91-91-88=182
48. Paige Harlin 95-94-105=189