EVANSVILLE, Ind. --- The Tennessee State women’s golf team opened play at the Charles Braun Jr. Intercollegiate on Monday. The Tigers shot a 64-over, 352 on the first day of the final tournament of the fall. The host Evansville leads after the first round after combining for a 16-over, 303.
Freshman Savannah Szozda drained a 15-foot birdie on the par-4, 11th, to lead the Tigers with a 13-over, 85. Szozda is currently in 37th in a field of 59.
Natalie Spicer trails Szozda by two strokes with an 87. The senior collected four up-and-downs on her way to seven pars on the day. Spicer converted her first up-and-down on No. 5 with a five foot slider for par. Spicer followed with an impressive chip from above the green to a foot of the hole on the par-5, 6th.
Morgan Rood, Paige Harlin and Haleigh Riley all entered the clubhouse after shooting a 90. Harlin hit 10 fairways and six greens on Monday. On the par-4, 1st, Harlin found the fairway bunker off the tee. The sophomore hit out of the sand to 80 yards before knocking her approach shot to seven feet of the cup. Harlin sank the putt to save par.
Riley hit a 5-wood from the right side of the fairway just short of the green. The freshman chipped on to three feet of the flag and made the putt for an up-and-down on the par-4, 18th.
The Tigers will tee off at 10:00 a.m. for the final round on Tuesday morning.