APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Golf
Pawleys Island, SC – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team couldn’t find the finish it was seeking, Tuesday, and finished tied for fourth in the GolfWeek Program Challenge, played at the True Blue Golf Resort.Hoping to make a final-round run, the Governors were only able to marshal a 2-over 290 to finish at 870, eight strokes behind champion, Central Arkansas (862). Jacksonville State finished second at 864, with Troy third at 866 followed by APSU, Western Carolina and James Madison in fourth in the 12-team field.
“We had a good performance today, we were right there at one point, but we just didn’t have consistency you need to have to win a tournament like this,” APSU coach Kirk Kayden said. “We need to learn from this, we need to be a little more mentally strong.
“When you think about all the negatives-we had a quad (4-over par), three triples (3-over par) and two five putts, and to realize if we just took half of those out we probably win the tournament. We just have to become more consistent as a team.”
It was junior Marco Iten leading the way on the final day along with redshirt freshman Korey Smith. Iten bounced back from Monday’s 77 to fire a 1-under 71, the same score Smith fired. Iten had a trio of birdies and two bogeys on Tuesday.
Smith was a model of consistency over the final two rounds. He finished with nine straight pars on Monday. On Tuesday, he had one birdie and 17 pars.
Senior Dustin Korte had a strong round going-four birdies and one bogey-until No. 15 when he recorded a double bogey. Then No. 18 saw Korte five-putt to end with a triple bogey seven, causing him to end at 2-over 74. His overall 216 left him in a 12th-place individually.
Junior Anthony Bradley also struggled in Tuesday’s final round, registering triple bogeys at both No. 4 and No. 8 on the front side. Bradley scrambled back with three straight birdies, but another double bogey followed by a birdie left him at 77 on the day. He finished at 271 overall, tying for 14th place.
Smith and Iten tied for 25th at 220 while freshman Chris Baker shot his tourney’s low round with a 74 for a 229.