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Tigers Cut Seven Strokes from Day One Total
Monday, March 19, 2018
Tigers Cut Seven Strokes from Day One Total

Round 2 Results

Event 5: Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate
Hosted by: Tennessee Tech
Location: Sevierville, Tenn.
Course: Sevierville Golf Club - Highlands Course
Details: Par-71, Yardage – 5,803
Weather at Start of Round: Round 2 - 50, Partly Sunny
Scoring: NA
Place After Final Round: 9 of 9 (+131)

Team Results:

 1.   Jacksonville State   299-306=605   +37 
 2.   Marshall  306-301=607   +39 
 3.   Carson-Newman   310-303=613  +45 
 4.   Tennessee Tech   309-308=617  +49 
 5.   Belmont  318-304=622  +54 
 9.   Tennessee State   353-346=699   +131 

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s golf team cut seven strokes off its day one score on Monday at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. Morgan Rood and Dhani McDowell were the big movers on the day to help the Tigers shave strokes from their score.

Rood cut nine strokes from Sunday to Monday, as she fired an 84 to help TSU make the move. McDowell finished one stroke shy of Rood, dropping eight strokes. The duo was joined by Carson Racich and Haleigh Riley as countable score for the Tigers.

Racich led TSU on day one, placing eighth in the individual race. The freshman struggled to find the success from the first 18 holes and fell 12 spots to a tie for 20th. Racich remains in the hunt for a top 10 finish on the final day as she sits six strokes back from 7th place.

Carson Racich (Started on Hole 10)

  • Hit 11-of-13 fairways, found six greens and used 35 putts
  • Used a pitching wedge off the box on the par-3, 18 th, to seven feet of the pin
  • Just missed birdie, settling for a tap in par
  • Hit flop shot on No. 3 to get up-and-down from behind the green side bunker to set up a tap in putt 
  • After hooking the ball onto the No. 4 tee box from No. 5, hit 8-iron from 166 yards out to center green
  • Two-putted to save par

Morgan Rood (Hole 12)

  • Hit five fairways, five greens and used 32 putts
  • Executed five up-and-downs 
  • Drove down the right side of the fairway off the tee box on No. 6, leaving 200 yards on the dogleg left hole
  • Hit five-wood out of the rough, landing left of the green, 20 yards from the pin
  • Used wedge to chip out of muddy lie onto green, heading slightly downhill - breaking right to left, stopping a foot, left of the hole
  • Sank the makeable putt for par

Haleigh Riley (Hole 11)

  • Made five pars on the day
  • Hit four fairways, three greens and used 36 putts
  • On the par-3, Hole 11 par 3
  • Hit hybrid short off the tee on the par-3, 11th
  • Chipped on to five feet of the flag
  • Sank the putt for an up-and-down to save par

Savannah Szozda (Hole 13)

  • NA

Dhani McDowell (Hole 14)

  • Cut eight strokes off her day one score
  • Found six fairways, four greens and used 34 putts during the second round
  • Hit 5-wood over the green and into the rough on the approach shot on the par-4, 11th
  • Just missed a chip in for birdie as the on-line break stopped inches from the cup
  • Tapped in to save par, giving McDowell momentum for the final few holes

Up Next:
The Tigers close out play at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegaite with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET. 

Leaderboard (55 Golfers)
1. Valentina Giraldo (Jacksonville State) 68-72=140, -2
T20. Carson Racich 75-81=156, +13
T52. Haleigh Riley 88-89=177, +35
T52. Morgan Rood 93-84=177, +35
54. Dhani McDowell 100-92=192, +48
55. Savannah Szozda 97-99=196, +52

Freshman Carson Racich
- On Second Round Play
“Overall today was a struggle. I had to scramble all day. Missing greens was not the thing to do today since all the flags were tucked behind hills and on numerous ridges. If you missed, you were looking at bogey. I kept my composure very well and shook off all the bad shots. There's a lot I left out there today but I will be back and ready for tomorrow.”