DICKSON, Tenn. --- Natalie Spicer continued to lead Tennessee State during the final round of the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate. Spicer shot a 9-over, 81, cutting two strokes off her previous round to place 20th. As a team the Tigers finished seventh with a 132-over, 708. Southern Illinois held on to win the team title with a 43-over, 619.
Spicer collected four up-and-downs to pace her play. The senior opened with her first on the par-4, 1st, as she chipped from off the green to two feet of the hole. She continued her success on the par-5, 12th, as she putted from off the green to two feet.
Spicer’s short game came to life on back-to-back holes. On No. 14, Spicer popped a wedge up from below the green to eight feet of the flag and followed up on No. 16 with a wedge up from the side of the green to about six feet. The Springfield, Tenn. product drained both putts to complete the up-and-downs.
Rood, who carded a 12-over, 84, hit her tee shot a little left of the fairway on the par-5, 9th. She followed with her approach shot landing behind a pair of bunkers. Rood pulled out the wedge and just missed holing out from 46 yards out setting up an easy one foot putt for birdie as she shot 1-over on the front side.
The freshman just missed chipping in another, this time for birdie on the par-3, 16th. Rood’s tee shot missed the green as her 8-iron cleared the putting surface. Rood came back with a downhill chip, which she stopped six inches shy of the cup. Rood tapped in to save par.
Savannah Szozda and Paige Harlin notched the final two countable scores for the Tigers. Harlin matched her 95 from the previous round, while Szozda fell off the pace with a 20-over, 92.
Harlan birdied the par-4, 1st, as she struck her tee shot down the middle of the fairway. On her second shot, Harlin hit a 5-iorn from 160 yards to 15 feet of the hole. The sophomore would sink the putt for her first birdie of the tournament.
Haleigh Riley once again just missed scoring for the Tigers with a 97. The highlight of the day came on the scenic par-5, 12th. Riley found the middle of the fairway with her drive off the tee box and followed with a hybrid to 115 yards. After pitching onto the green on her third shot, Riley drained a 20-footer for birdie, which drew a roar from the on lookers.
“It was a wonderful feeling to hear the cheering,” said Riley. “Especially from my parents and coach.”
The Tigers will complete the fall portion of their season at the Braun Intercollegiate in Evansville, Ind. beginning on Oct. 24.
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