APSU Women’s Golf
Gulf Shores, AL – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team is in fifth place after the first round of the 2010 UAB Fall Beach Blast, being played at the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club.
The Lady Govs, bolstered by four sub-80 scores, shot an opening round 308. Memphis led the way during the first day with a four-over-par 292, nine strokes ahead of Marshall and Louisiana-Monroe. Belmont is in fourth at 305, three strokes ahead of the Lady Govs.
Senior Ashley Wathen enjoyed her best fall rounds, firing a 75 to lead the Lady Govs—the 75 (t12th) also tied for her career low. That was one shot better than fellow senior Chelsea Harris (t15th).
Freshman Rachel Deaton (t22nd) added a 78 while junior Ashley Averitt (t27th) contributed a 79.
Senior Beth Ann Burns, playing in her final tournament compiled an 83. Meanwhile, senior Catie Tucker, playing as an individual, fired an 82.
“I am proud of the way the girls persevered today,” APSU coach Sara Robson said.” Ashley played very solid today and played the last nine holes in 2-under.
“Chelsea played 17 great holes, but one swing on the 11th hole led to a triple (bogey).
“Rachel played well, minus a couple of three putts. (Ashley) Averitt struggled on the front side but battled back on the last nine.
“B.A. (Beth Ann) struggled on the greens and Catie played well minus a rough start.”
The final round of the 36-hole event—and the final round of the Lady Govs’ fall—will be played Tuesday.
“Tomorrow we need to have no big numbers and minimize the three putts,” Robson said. “We had to count four doubles (bogeys) and a triple (bogey) in our team score and that really hurt us. Hopefully, we can really put together a good round tomorrow and end the fall on a real positive note.”