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Austin Peay Lady Govs Golf finishes fourth at Belmont Invitational; Tala Mumford scores Hole-In-One to come in tied for Fifth

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Women’s Golf

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsOld Hickory, TN – Tala Mumford carded her first career hole-in-one, Tuesday, as the Austin Peay State University sophomore fired a final-round 74 to finish tied for fifth in the Belmont Invitational, played at the Old Hickory Country Club.

Sophomore Tala Mumford tied for 5th at the Belmont Invitational.  APSU Golf. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Sophomore Tala Mumford tied for 5th at the Belmont Invitational. APSU Golf. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

For the 36-hole tourney, Mumford shot a 152 (78-74), her career’s best tournament performance. Unfortunately for the Lady Govs, however, she was playing as an individual and her score didn’t count towards the team score.

Still, the Lady Govs bounced back, Tuesday, to fire a 319 to finish fourth with a 642 (323-319). Host Belmont won the tourney with a 616 (304-312).

Tala MumfordBut it was Mumford who was the talk of Tuesday’s round after her hole-in-one on the par 3, 139-yard No. 2 hole. Using an eight iron, the Metropolis, IL, native lofted her tee shot into the relatively calm conditions, dropping it directly into the hole.

“She dunked it,” APSU coach Sara Robson said. “It didn’t touch the green, it landed directly in the hole.

“That was so exciting for Tala. She had a really good day; she played much more like she is capable.”

Rachel DeatonShe wasn’t the only Lady Gov to finish below 80. Sophomore Rachel Deaton backed up Monday’s 76 with a 79, Tuesday, for a two-day 155, leaving her in an eighth-place tie.

Redshirt sophomore Tabitha Beard also had a 79 to go with Monday’s 81 to end with a 160 score, tying her for 15th.  A third 79 was recorded by freshman Meghan Mueller, who bounced back from Monday’s 84 for a 163 total.

“Rachel, with her foot issues, played well again and Tabitha, if not for a couple of shots, would have been even better,” Robson said. “Meghan really has played well in qualifying but it hasn’t translated to tourney play until today.”

Junior Holly Batey, again battling illness, shot an 82 to finish at 168 (t-29th) overall while senior Ashley Averitt shot an 84 today to finish with a 166, leaving her in 27th place.

Junior Lauren Bond, like Mumford in playing as an individual, followed Monday’s 79 with an 81, Tuesday, for a 160 total, leaving her tied for 15th.

The Lady Govs played this tournament without freshman Marta Gutierrez, who is out with an ankle injury. They also face playing without her in this weekend’s EKU Lady Colonel Classic, a 54-hole tourney that will take place Friday (36 holes) and Saturday (18 holes) at Arlington Golf Club in Richmond, KY.

Belmont Invitational – Final

Finish School – Players Scores Totals
4 Austin Peay State University 323 319 642
8 Rachel Deaton 76 79 155
T 15 Tabitha Beard 81 79 160
T 20 Meghan Mueller 84 79 163
27 Ashley Averitt 82 84 166
T 29 Holly Batey 86 82 168
T 5 Tala Mumford 78 74 152
T 15 Lauren Bond 79 81 160

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