Kelly Merkel

Kelly Merkel

YR. Jr.
HOMETOWN Columbia, Tenn.
PREV. SCHOOL Columbia Central HS
COLLEGIATE HONORS
2015-16 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll

2014-15 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll
OVC Golfer of the Week (11/5/14)

 
2015-16 BESTS
Low Round: 76 (Lipscomb Dual - Fall)
Low 36-Hole Tournament: 165 (F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate)
Low 54-Hole Tournament: 245 (PGA Minority Championship)
Best Finish: 3rd (Lipscomb Dual - Spring)
Best Tournament Finish: 15 (PGA Minority Championship)
 
COLLEGIATE BESTS
Low Round: 75 (Jan Weaver MSU Invitational, Rd. 3 – Fall, 2014)
Low 36-Hole Tournament: 160 (F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate – Fall, 2014)
Low 54-Hole Tournament: 241 (2x, last: Jan Weaver MSU Invitational – Fall, 2014)
Best Finish: 1st (TSU vs. Lipscomb Duel)
Best Tournament Finish: 6 (Alabama State Fall Classic - 2012)


JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15)
Finished the season averaging 83.8 per round, the best of her career… Competed in all 10 events, completing 21 rounds… was named Ohio Valley Conference co-Golfer of the Week along with teammate Sarah Needleman for first place tie in a duel match versus Lipscomb (11/5)… Shot a career best 75 during the third round of the Jan Weaver MSU Invitational at Drake Creek, Ky. (9/9)… recorded her best 36-hole tournament to date with a 160 at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate (10/13-14)… notched a career best 54-hole score with a 241 at the Jan Weaver MSU Invitational (9/8-9)

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14)
Competed in all nine events, completing 17 rounds… Shot a career best 78 during the second round of the Charles Braun Jr. Intercollegiate in Evansville, Ind. (10/29)… notched a career best 36-hole score with a 166 at the Charles Braun Jr.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13)
Competed in all ten events, completing 21 rounds... led the Tigers with four top-10 and six top-25 finishes… recorded her first top-10 finish in her first collegiate event, the Alabama State Fall Classic, claiming sixth with a two-round, 170… carded a season best 79 in her second outing of her career during the first round of the Murray State Drake Creek Invitational (9/17)… matched her season best (79) during the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championships at GreyStone (4/22)… shot a career best 241 in a 54-hole event at the Drake Creek Invitational (9/17-18)

Before TSU
Played golf and softball all four years of high school at Columbia Central ... advanced through the District 8-AAA tournament to the Region 4 tournament four consecutive seasons at Central High School ... qualified for the TSSAA State as a sophomore shooting an 82-83-165 at Old Fort (Murfreesboro) and again as a senior when she placed 10th behind a score of 160 (82-78) at Willowbrook Country Club ... in 2011 she was runner-up to eventual state champ of Lawrence County in the District 8-AAA tournament. She placed third in the Region 4 meet at Bear Trace Tims Ford in Winchester. ... only woman on the golf team ... selected to the all-districe team in softball her last three years ... played on the Tennessee Junior Association Tour all four summers in high school ... was the low medalist in the Tennessean Schooldays Tournament at McCabe in Nashville last June, shooting a 68. She also received the annual Joanne Ramsey award for the Outstanding Female Athlete at Central and made All-District 8-AAA in softball for three consecutive years ... second-team all state in softball as a senior ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... father played college baseball at Austin Peay and served as an assistant from 1983-84 and as head coach from 1985-87. He also served as a scout for numerous MLB teams ... 

Personal
Major: HPSS
Birthday: June 22nd, 1994
Parents: Billy and Valerie Merkel
 

SENIOR - 2015-16

 Date  Tournament  Strokes  Score   Finish 
 9/14-15/15   Murray State Invitational   89-78=167 +25  55th
 9/27-28/15  Chris Banister Golf Classic   83-86-83=252  +36  60th
 10/12-13/15   F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate   77-88=165 +23  29th
 10/26/15   Charles Braun Jr. Intercollegiate   83 +11  25th
 10/30/15  Lipscomb Dual (McCabe)  76 +4  5th
 3/4/16  Lipscomb Dual (McCabe)  77 +5  3rd
 3/20-22/16  Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate  86-86-81=253 +37  39th
 3/27-28/16  Saluki Invitational  87-84=171 +27  63rd
 4/8-9/16  Jan Weaver Invitational  84-96-83=263 +47  64th
 4/18-20/16  OVC Championships (Hampton Cove)   91-91-88=270  +54  47th
 5/6-8/16  PGA Minority Championship  81-81-83=245 +29  15th
   Rounds: 24  2,022  Average: 84.3   
 
JUNIOR - 2014-15
 Date  Tournament  Strokes Score  Finish
 8/31-9/1/14  Alabama State Fall Classic  85-80=165 +21  14th
 9/8-9/14  Jan Weaver MSU Invitational  80-86-75=241 +25  42nd
 10/13-14/14  F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate    84-76=160 +16  30th
 10/27-28/14  Charles Braun Jr. Intercollegiate  91 +19  73rd
 10/31/14  Lipscomb Duel  77  +5  1st
 3/23-24/15  Samford Intercollegiate  87-89-91=267 +51  52nd
 3/29-30/15  Saluki Invitational  81-83=164 +20  13th
 4/3/15  Lipscomb Duel  78 +6  4th
 4/10-11/15  Murray State Invitational  90-83-82=255 +39  61st
 4/20-22/15  OVC Championships (Hampton Cove)  80-86-95=261 +45  47th
   Rounds: 21  1,759 Average: 83.8  

SOPHOMORE - 2013-14
 Date  Tournament  Strokes Score  Finish
 9/9-10/13  Murray State Drake Creek Intercollegiate  82-93-83=258 +42  52nd
 9/23-24/13  SIUE DoubleTree Intercollegiate  89-84=173 +29  39th
 10/4/13  Lipscomb Duel  88 +16  6th
 10/14-15/13  F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate    89-81=170 +26  69th
 10/28-29/13  Charles Braun Jr. Intercollegiate  88-78=166 +24  68th
 3/2/14  Time Warner Racer Classic  85-84=169 +25  30th
 3/17-18/14  Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate  90-84=174 +32  58th 
 3/24/14  Big Blue Intercollegiate  83 +14  14th
 3/31-4/1/14  WKU Lady Topper Classic  90-86-87=263 +47  43rd
 4/21-23/14  OVC Championships (The Shoals)  91-82-84=257 +41  42nd
   Rounds: 21  1,801 Average: 85.8  
 

FRESHMAN - 2012-13
 Date  Tournament  Strokes Score  Finish
 9/2-3/12  Alabama State Fall Classic  88-82=170 +26  6th
 9/17-18/12   Murray State Drake Creek Intercollegiate  79-80-82=241 +25  31st
 9/24-25/12  SIUE DoubleTree Intercollegiate  84-87=171 +27  21st
 2/22/13  Lipscomb Duel   83 +13  4th
 3/4/13  Time Warner Racer Classic  80  +8  7th
 3/18-19/13  Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate  90-95=185 +43  66th 
 4/8-9/13  Big Blue Intercollegiate  86-85=171  +27  21st
 4/14/13  Austin Peay Duel  86  +14  6th
 4/21-23/13  OVC Championships (GreyStone)  85-79-92=256  +40  38th
   Rounds: 17  1,443 Average: 84.9