LEDBETTER, Ky. --- Senior Natalie Spicer used the final round of the Drake Creek Invitational hosted by Murray State to etch herself into the TSU record book, again. Spicer challenged the score for the best round in school history for 14 holes before finishing tied for second all-time with a 2-over, 74.
Spicer tied her own score from a year ago at McCabe Golf Course in Nashville, as well three other performances from the past. Ashley Davis set the standard on back-to-back rounds in the spring of 2003 and was matched by Jamie Pierce in the spring of 2010. Davis and Pierce both recorded their scores at the PGA Minority Collegiate Championships. An event in which, Spicer fired a 75 last spring.
Jessica Nemnich holds the record with an Even, 72, registered in 2006 at the WCU Great Smokies Collegiate Tournament.
Spicer (80-83-74=237) converted on three birdies and 12 pars, including three up-and-downs, on Tuesday. The fourth-year Tiger drained a 35-foot putt on No. 15 and a 15-footer on No. 17 to move to 2-under five holes into the final round. Spicer picked up her final birdie on the par-4, 4th. The Springfield, Tenn. native hit a 7 iron from 140-yards out to three feet of the pin for the tap in putt.
Spicer found 12-of-14 fairways and 13 greens on Tuesday. The 237 by Spicer also ranks as the sixth best 54-hole performance in school history. The score is one stroke behind her three round total at the PGA Minorities, which is tied with three other performances, including Savannah Szozda.
Szozda (79-77-80=236) wasted no time making a mark in the Tiger program. The true freshman tied Spicer, Erica Edwards (2014) and Pierce for second best 54-hole tournament. Szozda carded her lone birdie of the day as she sank a 10-foot putt on the par-3, 17th.
Paige Harlin (87-90-91=268) posted the third scoring round for the Tigers with a 81 on Tuesday. The sophomore hit a 3-wood off the tee on the par-4, 11th, before using a gap wedge to layup. Harlin followed with a 5-iron from 150 yards to the middle of the green setting up a 20-foot putt for par.
Morgan Rood (83-91-92=266) posted the final scoring round with a 92, one stroke ahead of Haleigh Riley (98-92-93=283). Reid found 11 greens in regulation and seven greens on the day. The freshman used a chip to four feet of the flag on the par-4, 2nd, for one of her two pars in the day.
The Tigers placed 12th for the tournament with a (329-341-337) 1,007 while Western Kentucky claimed the team title (294-300-292=886).
The Tigers will return to action on Sept. 30 in a contest versus Lipscomb and Belmont.