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Austin Peay State University Governors Golf fall short at F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate

Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUHopkinsville, KY – The wind and rain worked to the advantage of Austin Peay State University men’s golf team in the final round at the 2013 F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, Tuesday, at the Links at Novadell, but the Govs comeback attempt fell just short.

Austin Peay Men's Golf. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Men’s Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

Even though they best round of the day, Austin Peay’s 12-under par left it in a tie for second place, four shots behind tournament champion Belmont.

In fact, both Govs squads shot 286 in the final round, the best marks on a blustery day at Novadell.

Despite being the only squad to shoot better than par in each round, Austin Peay – which entered the day 11 shots off the lead – could not make up enough ground to win their third consecutive team championship at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.

Marco ItenSenior Marco Iten led the Govs with a five-under par 211 (72-68-71). He made three bogeys and four birdies in the final round and was the only Gov to finish the tournament without shooting a round over par.

Sophomore Chris Baker was not only the best-swinging Gov in the final round, his 68 was the best round recorded on Tuesday. After entering the day in a tie for 32nd, the Franklin, TN, native worked his way into a tie for eighth with a three-round, three-under par 213 (72-73-68). Starting the day on No. 3, he birdied his first two holes to get off to a solid start.

Chris BakerFellow sophomore Austin Kramer ran into trouble on the back nine, bogeying No. 12, No. 13 and No. 18 to record a three-over par 75. Kramer still finished tied for 12th with a 215 (71-69-75) aggregate score.

Battling back problems, senior Anthony Bradley started out strong with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 3 and 4 but followed that up with double-bogeys on five and six. His one-over 73 left him in a tie for 17th with a one-over 217 (70-74-73).

Senior Trey Tarpley rounded out the first five for Austin Peay. Tarpley also double-bogeyed hole No. 5 – which played as the hardest on the course all week – but rebounded with birdies on holes No. 10 and 11 and finished with a 74, tying him for 21st with a two-over par 218 (73-71-74).

The Govs second group also found their stride on the final day, carding a 286 as a squad as well. That moved the Govs from a tie for 12th entering the final round into an eighth-place finish, ahead of Ohio Valley Conference foes Murray State, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee State and Morehead State.

Three of the Govs second-squadders – Erik Hedberg, Cleve Guinn and Korey Smith – came in under par in the final round. After a disastrous 75 to start the tournament, Smith recorded back-to-back rounds of 71 to finish with a one-over par 217, tied for 17th.

This tournament concluded the fall season for Govs Golf. Austin Peay returns to action March 3rd-4th at the Samford Intercollegiate at Hoover Country Club in Birmingham, AL.

Box Score

F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate
The Links at Novadell | Hopkinsville, KY
Dates: October 14th – 15th

Finish School – Players Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Totals
T 2 Austin Peay State University 285 281 286 852
T 4 Marco Iten (2) 72 68 71 211
T 8 Chris Baker (3) 72 73 68 213
T 12 Austin Kramer (5) 71 69 75 215
T 17 Anthony Bradley (1) 70 74 73 217
T 21 Trey Tarpley (4) 73 71 74 218
87 Oliver Dickson 88 84 83 255
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