MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team struggled to put all facets of the game together on day one of the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference golf championships. The 10-team field played the Par-72, 6,203 yard Fighting Joe course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals under mostly sunny skies, with winds 7-9 mph and temperatures reaching 79 degrees.
Eastern Kentucky leads after the first 18-holes, while TSU is 10th with a 359.
Sarah Needleman tied a career best with an 83, as she shot the team low. Needleman carded eight pars and two birdies during the first round. The sophomore hit 10-of-14 fairways, found nine greens in regulation and averaged under a putt per hole.
On the par-5, 7th, Needleman sank a 20 foot putt for birdie after she knocked her third shot on the green with a 7-wood from 171 yards out. On the par-4, 16th, the Fishers, Ind. native used a 6-iron from 142 yards to eight feet of the pin to set up her second bird of the day.
Laura Bremer (98) was one of only two Tigers to record two birdies on the day. Bremer dropped a pair of seven foot putts, No. 7 and the par-4, 15th. The sophomore-transfer hit six fairways and five greens, while using 36 putts.
On the par-3, 5th, Dap hit a 7-iron into the wind and onto the green to set up a two putt for par.
Merkel notched seven pars on the day and hit eight fairways and eight greens, while Natalie Spicer made five pars as she hit 13-of-14 fairways and seven greens. Both golfers needed 36 putts on the day.
The second round will begin at 8:00am on Tuesday morning with Bremer in the first group. Spicer will tee-off at 8:10am, followed by Merkel at 8:20am, Dap at 8:30am and Needleman at 8:40am. Hole-by-hole live results from each day of the championships can be accessed through links at OVCSports.com.