SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --- The women’s golf team return to action for the first time since the end of the fall portion of their schedule on Oct. 25. The Tigers posted a 68-over, 325 on the first day of the three-day Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at the Sevierville Golf Club.
Lee University leads the field at 20-over (304), five strokes ahead of the host, Tennessee Tech. TSU is currently seventh, 18 strokes behind sixth place Radford.
Natalie Spicer leads the way for the Tigers after firing a first round 14-over, 85. Spicer hit nine fairways and nine greens, producing five pars and a birdie. The senior recorded an up and down on the par-3, 13th, as she chipped up short before sinking a 20 foot putt. Spicer earned her birdie on No. 12, knocking a 7-iron from 145 yards out to 12 feet.
Morgan Rood, Savannah Szozda and Paige Harlin all posted an 18-over, 89, to score for the Tigers. Szozda got up and down on the par-3, 16th, as she fell short of the green on her approach shot and chipped to a foot from the hole. The freshman made a par on the par-3, 7th, after her drive found the rough, then came up short of the green. Szozda chipped onto the green and sank a 20 foot putt for par.
Harlin notched her best score since the opening round of the season back on Sept. 12. The freshman hit eight fairways and found three greens, while using 31 putts. On the par-4, 2nd, Harlin layed up with a hybrid before hitting a gap wedge a little long. Harlin drained a 15 foot putt to save par. On the very next hole, the Findlay, Ill. native hit her tee shot into the water before using a 5-iron to 100 yards. Harlin followed with a pitching wedge to five feet to save par.
Haleigh Riley posted a non-scoring 94 by hitting five greens, six fairways and used 33 putts. On the par-3, 11th, Riley hit a hybrid to the left side on the green and just missed as birdie as her 12 foot came up short, setting up a tap in for par.
Second round play begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday morning.