Clarksville, TN – More than a month break from its previous competition, Austin Peay State University women’s golf team will serve as host to the 14-team F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, to be held at the Clarksville Country Club, Monday and Tuesday.The Lady Govs, who opened the season with back to back tournaments in Alabama and Kentucky, have not played since September 10th when they finished a strong fourth at the Murray State Drake Creek Invitational.
The 36-hole F&M event will be played on a par-72, 5,960-yard Country Club layout.
The tourney will include most of the Lady Govs’ Ohio Valley Conference rivals: Belmont, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Murray State, SIU Edwardsville, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech. In addition, Houston Baptist, Lipscomb, Northern Kentucky, Radford and Towson also will be there.
“We are looking forward to playing at home,” APSU coach Sara Robson said. “We have a great field for this year’s F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, including nine OVC teams. After having a few weeks with no tournaments the girls are ready to get back into competition.”
After Sunday’s practice round, tee times will begin 7:30am Monday. Lady Govs’ players will begin teeing off 8:18am from No. 1, Monday. Tuesday’s round will initiate with an 8:30am shotgun start.
Since the Lady Govs’ last tourney, Robson has held several qualifiers. All eight Lady Govs will play Monday and Tuesday with seniors Rachel Deaton and Tala Mumford, sophomore Jessica Cathey and freshmen Morgan Gardner and Amber Bosworth representing the APSU team score while junior Meghan Mueller and freshmen Morgan Kauffman and Kelsey Schutt playing as individuals.
Deaton was the Lady Govs’ top golfer during the season’s first two tourneys while Cathey, after some early struggles, started to regain her All-OVC form at Drake Creek.
“They have been working hard at practice and working hard in the classroom,” Robson said. “I look for our entire team to play well. We have spent a lot of time playing the Country club with most of our qualifiers being held there.”
The Lady Govs finished fifth a year ago and seeking their first F&M title since 2002. Jacksonville State is the defending champion.
“The country club is known for its high rough and fast greens,” Robson said. “It will be imperative to keep the ball in the fairway and below the hole. I am looking for the girls to be patient and stay focused, which will result in some great scores this week.”