APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Golf
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team readies for its final tune-up at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball State, beginning Saturday.
The 15-team field includes two other Ohio Valley Conference schools – Eastern Kentucky and SIU Edwardsville – along with host Ball State, Butler, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Dayton, DePaul, Louisville, Ohio, Valparaiso, Vincennes, Wright State and Youngstown State.
Played at the 6,438-yard, par-70, Delaware Country Club, the EY Invitational is a play-six count-five tournament beginning with 36 continuous holes, Saturday, followed by a final-round 18 holes, Sunday. The six-player format is designed to give teams an extra look in preparation for the upcoming conference tournament season.
Austin Peay will be giving that look to senior Logan Loftus, who will be making his appearance since the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate where he finished 15th with a three-under par 215. Loftus won the Govs qualifier to compete for his chance to play in the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Golf Championships.
“This is a course we have some familiarity with,” head coach Kirk Kayden said. “We like the format for the purpose it serves and the course definitely suits our team. I hope to see our guys go out and continue to play smart golf; keep it in the fairways and hit some greens.”
Sophomore Anthony Bradley and junior Dustin Korte will top the Govs lineup. Korte most recently was named the OVC’s Golfer of the Week after a second-place finish at the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate. Sophomores Marco Iten and Trey Tarpley will be joined by freshman Tucker Wallace and Loftus to round out the Govs six-man lineup.
Four the Govs six golfers have played this event previously. Korte was the only top-20 finisher a year ago, shooting 15-over par 225. Iten was a shot behind him, while Bradley was two shots back.