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Austin Peay Governors Golf in Third Place after Day One of the Triumph at Pauma Valley

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Golf

Austin Peay State University GovernorsPauma Valley, CA – Austin Peay men’s golf team has itself within striking distance, sitting tied for third in the 11-team field, after two rounds at the Triumph at Pauma Valley.

The Govs shot a two-round 601 to tie with Central Arkansas, five strokes behind second-place Bowling Green (596) and 26 shots off leader and host San Francisco (575). British Columbia is fifth at 607, followed by Columbia (615), CSU-San Marcos (617) and CSU Bakersfield (632). Army (636), University of Manitoba (641) and Yale (647) make up the field.

Austin Peay Men's Golf. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)
Austin Peay Men's Golf. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

On a course that can likened to an NCAA Tournament makeup, the Govs fared well in a highly competitive field. With fast and sloping greens, course management became an early factor and focus point for head coach Kirk Kayden.

“This is the type of course where you have to be real careful on the greens,” Kayden said. “With a 20-foot putt, you could easily end up with a four- to five-foot comebacker if you’re not careful. We have to do a better job with our short games if we want to make a run.”

Marco ItenTwo Govs are inside the top 10 – sophomore Marco Iten and junior Dustin Korte. Iten is t-4th after shooting 75-72=147, battling through the back nine differently in both rounds. In the first round, Iten made a double bogey on No. 16, but had birdies on Nos. 13 and 17. In the second round, he birdied No. 10 to go one-under par, but made bogeys on No. 11 and No. 16. Korte had three birdies and an eagle in the 36 holes, but also eight bogeys and two double-bogeys.

Sophomore Anthony Bradley is t-12th, after opening with an even-par 71 capped by back-to-back birdies to finish the round. In the second round, he made eight bogeys to finish with a 79. Sophomore Trey Tarpley is t-30th with a 155 while freshman Tucker Wallace is t-41st with a 158. Senior Drew Miller shot a 166 as an individual.

Dustin Korte“We’re getting closer to showing what we can do,” Kayden said. “We still haven’t had that round with all five guys clicking, but when we do it’s going to be good. This course is great to prepare us for the rest of the way. We have to put together a good round tomorrow and try to get a good finish. That’s the goal.”

Austin Peay tees off at 8:20am (PST) alongside Yale and Army.

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