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Golf Govs ready for Grub Mart Intercollegiate

 

APSU Men’s Golf

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team returns to action at the JSU Grub Mart Intercollegiate, beginning with a  Sunday practice round, followed by 36 holes on Monday and a Tuesday final round.

Played a Silver Lakes Golf Course, a 7,040 yardage and par 72 venue, the Grub Mart Intercollegiate is an event the Govs have seen success. In fact, the 2009 OVC Champion Govs team won the rain-shortened tournament with a four-under par 572. Joining the Govs will be host Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, UT Martin, Tennessee Tech, Samford, Belmont, Columbus State and Georgia Tech.

APSU Men's Golf. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

APSU Men's Golf. (Austin Peay Sports Information)

“It should be a very good event at a great golf course,” head coach Kirk Kayden said. “There will be six OVC schools, so it should show us how we stack up in our conference. The play of our team has really improved as a whole. It looks like we have a lot of depth this year; something we have not had in the past. The more competitive we are in practice, the better we will play this spring.”

It will be the Govs third spring tournament – after a fourth-place finish at San Francisco’s USF Triumph at Pauma Valley Country Club.

Marco ItenLast season at the Grub Mart Intercollegiate, the Govs struggled to a seventh-place team finish, with senior Luke Sherrod the only returning player to shoot in the 70s. This year Kayden will take a much younger team hoping that some new faces can alleviate the inconsistency shown thus far.

This week’s lineup will showcase the future of Austin Peay golf, led by freshman Marco Iten and sophomore Dustin Korte. Iten is among the team’s leaders in rounds-counted and tournament’s played this season. Korte has made his return during the spring and has had all six rounds counted.

Dustin KorteAlso in the mix is freshman Anthony Bradley, who leads the team with 72.76 stroke average, including a team-best four rounds in the 60s. Junior Logan Loftus will be making his first spring appearance. In his last fall tournament – the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate – Loftus shot four-under par.

Junior Drew Miller battled through a tough day in qualifying, having to win a nine-hole playoff, in order to play his first tournament since the 2010 OVC Championships. Freshman Trey Tarpley will join the Govs as an individual for the event.


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