BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Tennessee State women's golf team tried to knock the rust off from a layoff eight days short of five months on day one of the Samford Intercollegiate. On Monday, the 10-team field played the first two rounds of the 54-hole event on the 6,100-yard, Par-72 Hoover Country Club.
The University of Mississippi leads the team scoring with a 610. The host Bulldogs are four strokes behind Ole Miss heading into the final day. TSU fired a 373 in the morning session and a 371 in the later round for a 744 on the day.
Kelly Merkel (87-89=176) led the way for the Tigers and is tied for 48th in the field of 65 individuals.
Sarah Needleman (89-92=181) played the par-5’s with the third best score throughout the first round helping her to an 89. The junior is tied for 55th after two rounds.
Freshman Imani Stingley (105-109=214) rounded out the squad’s scoring and her first round total was used for the morning team score.
The final round will begin at 8:30am on Tuesday morning with a shotgun start.