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 3 - 49, Foggy
Place After Final Round: 9 of 9 (+185)
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s golf team cut strokes from the previous round for the second consecutive day. The Tigers chopped off eight strokes as they combined for a 54–over, 338, over the final 18 holes of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
Freshmen Dhani McDowell and Carson Racich led the charge for the Tigers. McDowell shot seven strokes better than her round on Monday and 15 lesser than Sunday’s first 18 holes. The 85 for McDowell was one stroke off her career best set during the second round on Oct. 2 at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.
Racich returned to day one’s form as she finished with a 5-over, 76. The first year was able to move up four spots to place 16th, missing a top 10 finish by five strokes. Racich hit 13 fairways, 11 greens and needed just 25 putts during the third round. The Loves Park, Ill. native hit a 9-iron 146 yards to the front of the green. She lagged the 25 foot putt to set up a tap in for par on No. 5. Racich snap-hooked a hybrid around the bend and into the hazard on 18, leaving 38 yards to the green. Racich opted not to take a drop and hit a putter into the side bank of the green. She chipped closed to save for par as she set a new career best for a 54-hole tournament with a 232.
Morgan Rood and Haleigh Riley shot an 87 and 90, respectively, to score for the Tigers. Savannah Szozda posted a non-scoring 97.
The Tigers will compete in the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. on Mar. 25-26. The outing is scheduled for 36 holes, 18 on each day.
Leaderboard (55 Golfers)
1. Valentina Giraldo (Jacksonville State) 68-72-70=210, -3
T16. Carson Racich 75-81-76=232, +19
52. Morgan Rood 93-84-87=264, +51
53. Haleigh Riley 88-89-90=267, +54
54. Dhani McDowell 100-92-85=277, +64
55. Savannah Szozda 97-99-97=293, +80
Freshman Carson Racich
- On Third Round Play
“Overall today was a good day. I still left a lot out there as I struggled with my closing holes. I really know what I need to work on now. I went out today just trying to hit good shots and improve on each hole from the previous rounds. I was confident with my game for the most part today. A few bad breaks on the course added up but it wasn’t anything detrimental. I knew being six strokes out of the top 10 was a lot to overcome with everyone playing well, so I went out there to have fun. I can’t wait to head back to my home state for the Carbondale (Southern Illinois University) tournament.”