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Bond paces Lady Govs’ fifth-place finish in Kentucky

 

APSU Sports: Women’s Golf

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsLedbetter, KY – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team shot its best round of the young season but could not move up from its fifth position on the final day of the Murray State Drake Creek Invitational, played Tuesday at the Drake Creek Golf Club.

APSU Women's Golf (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Women's Golf (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Led by junior college transfer Lauren Bond, who shot the day’s second best round (even-par 72), the Lady Govs shot a 308, six strokes better than their previous best round, set Monday morning. APSU finished with a 937 three-round score. Host Murray State won the event with an 890, followed by Morehead State (899), with Eastern Kentucky (932) third and Belmont (935) holding off the Lady Govs for fourth in the 10-team event.

Bond, meanwhile, shot a three-round 225 (75-79-72) to finish seventh overall. The Marion, IL, native has fashioned four straight sub-80 rounds in her short Division I career.

“She absolutely played well,” APSU coach Sara Robson said. “She was just almost a different golfer this week than last week. Playing like she did last week really gave her confidence in this tournament.”

Bond wasn’t the only Lady Gov to perform well. Redshirt sophomore Tabitha Beard finished 13th overall, firing a 230, backing up Monday’s 72 second-round score with a solid 78, Tuesday. Beard tied for second for birdies (eight) for the event. Following Beard was sophomore Rachel Deaton, who had her tourney’s best round (76) to finish at 239 for a 26th-place tie.

Rounding out Austin Peay’s team scores were freshman Marta Gutierrez (81-80-82=243) and sophomore Tala Mumford (80-86-86=252).

The Lady Govs received some strong individual performances during the two-day event, led by freshman Meghan Mueller, who broke 80 for the first time Tuesday with a 78 and finished at 240. Senior Ashley Averitt shot a 242 (80-81-81) while junior Holly Batey was at 243 (85-76-82).

Although pleased with her team’s improved performance in the event (Beard, Gutierrez and Bond combined for 22 birdies), Robson lamented her team’s struggles getting up and down.

“We had some great shots again today,” Robson said. “We shot 308 and had 12 three putts and at least six doubles (bogeys).

“We got off to a slow start to begin the day but settled down, stayed strong through the middle of the round and played well to the end. Now we just have to continue to improve our decision making and get rid of those big numbers.”


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