Tigers in Contention for Top Three Finish at PGA Minority Championship
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Tigers in Contention for Top Three Finish at PGA Minority Championship

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Natalie Spicer fired a 3-over, 75, during the second round of the 30th PGA Minority Collegiate Championship. The mark is one shot off her career best, posted on Oct. 30 of this season. Spicer’s round help keep the Tigers in contention for a top three finish.

Bethune-Cookman leads the pack at 21-over, 22 strokes ahead of second place Chicago State. The Tigers, with a 667, are two strokes behind third place Hampton.

Spicer used her second day performance to jump seven spots in the standings and is currently 10th, heading into day three. The junior hit eight fairways and 12 greens in regulation to help record 10 pars and three birdies.

Spicer hit a wedge shot off the tee box on the par-3, 5th, to a foot of the hole, just missing an ace, to setup her first birdie of the day. The Springfield, Tenn. native found success once again on a par-3, this time at No. 7. Spicer used a seven from the tee and stuck three feet from the flag for the makeable putt. Spicer registered her final birdie on the par-4, 15th, as she hit 3-hybrid to two feet of the cup.

Sarah Needleman, the Tigers top individual from day one, struggled to open the day as she was 9-over through the first eight holes. The senior settled in and played the final 10 holes at 2-over, for a 10-over, 82, on Saturday.

Needleman notched two birdies on the day, her first coming at No. 5. The Fishers, Ind. product stuck her tee shot two feet from the pin and tapped in for the conversion. Her second of the day, came on the par-4, 8th, as she drained a 20 foot putt.

Kelly Merkel hit 12 greens and eight fairways as she matched her first score of 81. The senior stuck a 9-iron to three feet of the hole on the par-4, 15th, for her lone birdie of the day.

Paige Harlin posted a team-scoring 97 on day two of the Championship.

Spicer will be the first on the course for TSU, with an 8:20am ET tee time. Spicer will be followed by Needleman, Merkel and Harlin on the final day.

10. Natalie Spicer – 83-75=158
13. Sarah Needleman – 78-82=160
15. Kelly Merkel – 81-81=162
25. Paige Harlin – 90-97=187

Day 2
1. Bethune-Cookman University – 295-302=597
2. Chicago State University – 303-316=619
3. Hampton University – 334-331=665
4. Tennessee State University – 332-335=667
5. Texas A&M International University – 337-347=684
6. University of Houston-Victoria – 359-348=707