APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Golf
Simpsonville, KY – To say Austin Peay State University golf coach Kirk Kayden left the Cardinal Club a little disappointment is a bit of an understatement.
After nearly five hours of weather delay caused by morning storms in the Louisville area, the Govs golf team finally was able to play the final round of the Cardinal Intercollegiate, being held at the Cardinal Club.
Unfortunately, the Governors could not forge the final round that Kayden was seeking. In fact, the Governors shot a final-round 300 to finish in fifth place with an 880.
Host Louisville stormed from behind to win the tournament, shooting a final-round 288 to finish at 858 while Bowling Green, who led after Monday, slipped to a final-round 299 to end at 867. Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State was third with an 868 (293-285-290) followed by Arkansas-Little Rock (291-292-288) was fourth followed by the Governors.
Furman was sixth at 881 followed by OVC foe Eastern Kentucky at 882. A fourth OVC entrant, Morehead State ended 13th with a 911.
“The course played a lot tougher today,” Kayden said. “We played under some tougher conditions with the pin placements, the rain and windy conditions.
“But in saying that, we didn’t perform to our expectations, we’re not there yet. We started off pretty good but we just made way too many mental mistakes. “
The Govs could not muster a low score or scores during the day. Still senior Dustin Korte continued his solid play, finishing in a third-place tie with a final-round 74 for a 213 scored.
Junior Trey Tarpley ended in a tie for 66th at 232.
The Govs best round of the day came from freshman Austin Kramer, who shot 1-over 73 as an individual to end at 228 to finish in a tied for 52nd.
“We struggled with our short game today,” Kayden said. “We just couldn’t convert enough. Our short game must improve if we want to be a top three in a tournament like this.
“We have three tournaments coming up bang, bang, bang, two of them on really tough courses,” Kayden said. “We have a little time to work on some things. We have high expectations of these guys and we have time to find it.”