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APSU Men’s Golf sit in 6th at Golfweek Program Championship

 

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APSU Men's GolfPawley’s Island, SC – An excellent opening round from freshman Micah Knisley gave Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s golf a solid foundation after the first round of the Golfweek Program Championship at True Blue Resort.

Austin Peay Men's Golf look to move up the leaderboard Monday at the Golfweek Program Championship. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Golf look to move up the leaderboard Monday at the Golfweek Program Championship. (APSU Sports Information)

After 18 holes, the Govs are just outside the top-five after a six-under 282 left them tied with Valparaiso and South Dakota and one shot behind Bradley and Stephen F. Austin.

Campbell (269) leads the way at 19-under, with Delaware (276) and Gardner-Webb (278) rounding out the top-three.

The Govs were clearly the class of the Ohio Valley Conference in Round One, leading Jacksonville State by 11 shots and Tennessee Tech by 14.

If Knisley’s opening round as a collegiate player is any indication, the Govs could have another OVC Freshman of the Year on their hands. He ripped off a 31 on the back-nine, opening his college career with three straight birdies and five over his first nine holes to flirt with the top of the leaderboard. He settled for a three-under 69 and tie for 11th after round one. He took advantage of the course’s length, averaging a team-best 4.40 strokes on par-5 attempts.

Par-5 shooting was good to Austin Peay in general in the first round; two of the course’s five par-5 attempts (No. 9 and No. 15) were birdied by Knisley and juniors Alex Vegh and Michael Busse. The Govs averaged 4.76 strokes/hole on par-5 attempts, fourth-best in the tournament as a team.

Sophomore Chase Korte and Vegh reside just outside the top-20 after Day One, shooting matching 70s to tie for 21st. Vegh carded a team-best 34 on the front nine, while Korte shot 35 on the front and back. Vegh also birdied the 208-yard, par-3 No. 16, which played as the toughest hole on the course during Sunday’s round.

Sophomore Garrett Whitfield consistently got up-and-down, leading the tournament with 15 pars en route to a one-over 73 on Sunday. Busse’s 75, which featured five birdies—tied with Vegh for second-most by a Gov—rounded out the Austin Peay lineup.

“We did some good things today and gave ourselves some chances,” said head coach Robbie Wilson. “Tomorrow we will get a few more putts to fall and make a move up the leaderboard.”

The Govs tee off for Round Two beginning 7:30am (CT), Monday, on Hole No. 1. The Govs will be paired with Bradley and Stephen F. Austin for the second round.


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