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Needleman, Merkel Share Individual Honors Versus Lipscomb
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Needleman, Merkel Share Individual Honors Versus Lipscomb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team closed out the fall season with a team record, despite falling short of Lipscomb in a duel match at McCabe Golf Course on Friday. The two teams took to the 5,890 yard, Par-72 course under cloudy skies, with the temperatures in the mid-50’s. Wind chill temperatures fell to the low 40’s over the final holes of the day, as they Bisons earned a six stroke victory over the Tigers.

The 323 team score by TSU is three shots under the previous best, set on the final day of the fall season one year ago. The previous best was shot at the Charles Braun Intercollegiate in Evansville, Ind.
Sarah Needleman and Kelly Merkel tied with LU's Sami Khan for top honors on the day. All three entered the clubhouse with a 5-over, 77. Amelia Dap posted an 82, while Imani Stingley carded her first collegiate scoring round with an 87.
Needleman finished with a career low by hitting 10-of-14 fairways, 11 greens and using 33 putts on the day. The junior sank a 20 foot putt on the par-5, 3rd, for her first birdie of the round. Needleman was aided on the day with a pair of birdies at the turn. On the par-4, 9th, Needleman used an 8-iron from 123 yards, landing six feet from the pin setting up the first of two birdies. The Fishers, Ind. native hit a 9-iron from 109 out to five feet setting up a putt for her third birdie.
Merkel used a duel-high 11 pars and a birdie for her 5-over. The junior’s lone 1-under came at the par-5, 3rd, as her tee shot found the middle of fairway. Merkel followed with a hybrid landing just off the green. Merkel chipped her third shot onto the green and used one putt to cut a stroke early in the day.
Dap tied her career low highlighted by a birdie on the, par-4, 9th. Dap used a 3-wood off the box setting up an iron shot into the green, sticking a foot from the hole for a tap-in birdie. Dap’s score was set up by a 38 on the front nine.
Stingley carded a career low by hitting 11 of 14 fairways and averaging less than two putts per hole. The freshman needed one putt to save bogey on the par-5, 16th. Stingley found the trees off the box and her second shot clipped a tree, dropping straight down. Stingley punched out with a 7-iron to the fairway, but her wedge shot would find the greenside bunker. The Brown Deer, Wis. product hit safely out of the sand to a makeable putt.
Natalie Spicer’s three birdies matched Needleman and Khan for the most on the day. Spicer finished the day with a 91.
Laura Bremer, playing as an individual, carded an 89. Bremer finished the day on the par-4, 18th, as she chipped up from 15 feet from the green, hitting the flag, landing a foot away from the pin. The junior tapped in for birdie for her lone birdie of the day
The Tigers will begin the spring season on Feb. 20, with another duel with Lipscomb.