APSU Sports: Austin Peay Men’s Golf
Springfield, LA – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team survived a surprisingly struggling Monday morning 18 holes from its top three players and sits in second place after two rounds of the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate.The Governors’ 577 total find them entering Tuesday’s final round just three strokes off the pace of host Southeastern Louisiana. After shooting a 6-over 294 in Monday’s first 18 rounds, the Govs rebounded with a tourney low 5-under 283, in the afternoon. Sam Houston State is in third place at 586 in the 12-team event, being played on the par-72, 7.049 Carter Plantation layout.
“We got away with one,” APSU coach Kirk Kayden said. “When Dustin (Korte), Marco (Iten) and Anthony (Bradley) all shoot above 75 and we remain in contention that is a credit to the back end of our lineup.”
In fact, freshman Chris Baker fired a 2-under 70 while junior Trey Tarpley was at even-par 72 in the morning. Although Baker slipped to a second-round 77, Tarpley remained solid with a 74 in the second round.
Meanwhile, the Governors top three regrouped in the second round. Iten, after an opening-round 76, bounced back with a 68, tying for the round’s low score. Fellow junior Bradley, who also had a first-round 76, came back with a 2-under 70 while the team’s lone senior, Korte, followed his morning round 78 with a 1-under 71.
“This is a really firm course and you just have to stay out of the fairway bunkers off the tee,” Kayden said. “I think Marco, Anthony and Dustin learned you just have to be smart off the tee and exercise a little damage control when you have to-take a bogey and move on.”
Almost lost in the Govs comeback was the two individuals’ respective play. Redshirt freshman Korey Smith finds himself tied for second just one shot off the pace after firing rounds of 70-71 for a 3-under 141. Sophomore Tucker Wallace is tied for 12th after shooting a 3-over 145 (71-74).
“We had a qualifier coming down here and Korey and Tucker lost out to Trey,” Kayden said. “It was such a competitive qualifier and you could see how bad it bothered Korey and Tucker they weren’t in the lineup. You could sense they were really motivated to play well so they can get back in the lineup at Memphis.
Kayden is excited about his team’s chances in the final round, but knows it will be difficult on Southeastern Louisiana’s home course.
“We are three shots down with 18 to play-we have an opportunity,” Kayden said. “We need to go out and play the golf course. We need to go out and play smart, play one shot at a time and count it up at the end.”