DICKSON, Tenn. --- Tennessee State returned the links for its first tournament in a month as they opened play at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate. The Tigers could not find their rhythm on the course as they are in seventh after the first day of action.
TSU teamed for a 68-over, 356, and are nine strokes behind its closest competitor. Southern Illinois holds the day one lead as they entered the clubhouse with an 18-over, 306.
Natalie Spicer led the way for TSU with an 11-over, 83, which has her in 24th place out of 41 golfers. The senior ran into trouble on the par-4, 5th, as her tee shot found its way into the wooded area on the left side of the fairway. After punching out, Spicer hit a 9-iron to 10 feet of the pin before sinking the putt to convert the up-and-down for par.
Savannah Szozda struggled early as she was 11-over through the front nine. The freshman settled in to the back nine and finished the day at 14-over for an 86.
Morgan Rood and Paige Harlin supplied the final two scoring marks for the Tigers with a 92 and 95, respectively. Rood closed out the round as she hit her second shot from 160 yards out on the par-4, 18th, to 12 feet of the flag with a 6-iron. The freshman just missed the birdie as the putt skimmed the edge of the cup, setting up a tap in for par.
Haleigh Riley just missed scoring for the Tigers with a 98 on Monday. On the par-3, 11th, Riley hit a hybrid off the tee box from 132 yards away. Riley chipped to five feet of the hole on her second shot to set up par.
TSU will conclude play on Tuesday morning with an 18-hole round beginning at 8:00 a.m.
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