Event 7: Jan Weaver Invitational
Hosted by: Murray State
Location: Murray, Ky.
Course: Miller Memorial Golf Course
Details: Par-72, Yardage – 6,017
Weather at Start of Round 1: Sunny, 44
Weather at Start of Round 2: Partly Sunny, 59
Live Scoring: NA
Place After First Round: 14 of 14 (+54)
Place After Second Round: 14 of 14 (+102)
MURRAY, Ky. --- The Tennessee State women’s golf team took to the links for day one of the final tournament of the season before competing at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. The Tigers were able to drop six strokes from the first round, but are still sitting in 14th place with a (342-336) 678, 102-over after 36 holes of the Jan Weaver Invitational.
Sophomore Savannah Szozda made the biggest jump for TSU, cutting seven strokes. Szozda (92-85=177) missed out on scoring for the Tigers in the first round, but bounced back to post a countable score in the afternoon session.
Carson Racich (81-81=162), Morgan Rood (86-83=169) and Haleigh Riley (90-87=177) all scored in both rounds for TSU, while Dhani McDowell (85-91=176) posted in the morning.
Racich hit 22 fairways and 22 greens but came up short using 64 putts on the day. During the first 18 holes, the freshman hit a 7-iron 163 yards to the back of the green and made par on No. 3. Two holes later, Racich hit a wedge from 98 yards to three feet to set up a birdie putt. In the afternoon, Racich hit her driver 301 yards, leaving 190 on the par 5, 17th. The first-year completed the hole with a birdie.
Rood paced her first round by hitting 11-of-14 fairways, but struggled with her approach only finding three greens. The sophomore recorded four up-and-downs and a birdie. On the 10th, Rood hit her drive to the right-center of the fairway before hitting a 9-iron to 15 feet. Rood sank the putt for birdie. The Lynnwood, Wash., product hit seven fairways and six greens as she converted two up-and-downs. On No. 18, Rood hit a 3-wood off the tee, but pulled it a bit. She hit a 5-iron on her approach from 160 yards short of the green. Rood chipped to three feet setting up her third consecutive par to close out the day.
The Tigers will conclude play, weather permitting, on Saturday. The final round is scheduled for a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start.
Leaderboard (92 Golfers)
1. Emma Svensson (Central Arkansas) 73-70=143, -1
T60. Carson Racich 81-81=162, +18
T76. Morgan Rood 86-83=169, +25
86. Dhani McDowell 85-91=176, +32
T87. Haleigh Riley 90-87=177, +33
T87. Savannah Szozda 92-85=177, +33