Gulf Shores, Ala – After smashing the program record for low round, Monday, Austin Peay State University women’s golf team tied the program’s former 18-hole mark, Tuesday, in the UAB Beach Blast, played at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.But as well as the Lady Govs played in their fall’s final tournament, they were unable to hold off the surges of Tulsa and Louisiana-Monroe. Still the Lady Govs took third place with a 595. Tulsa captured the event with a 590 (297-293) while Louisiana-Monroe’s 594 (299-295) was one shot better than the Lady Govs.
The 595 shattered the program mark of 603 set by the Lady Govs at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate in 2011.
“I was very proud of this team,” APSU coach Sara Robson said. “They proved they belonged in that (final) group. We struggled some today but we kept it together—that is what was pleasing today. I certainly can never be upset with a 300.
“I was really pleased with the way we handled today (being in the final group). We played good golf, didn’t show a nerve. We shot the low rounds (in this tournament) we have been talking about.”
Senior Tala Mumford tied for first, shooting an even-par 144 (70-74), but lost out on medalist honors on the second playoff hole to Southern Mississippi’s Brandi Rodriquez. Mumford’s 144 ties for the second-best 36-hole score in program history. Sophomore teammate Jessica Cathey finished tied for third just one stroke back, shooting an even-par 72, Tuesday, to finish at 145. That performance ranks tied for fifth-best all-time.
“Tala had just one bad swing during the whole tournament and it cost her a double on the final hole,” Robson said. “She played so well these last two days.”
In fact, the Lady Govs saw all five team members shoot below 80 Tuesday. Freshman Morgan Gardner bounced back from an 81, Monday, to be a counter Tuesday with a 76. Senior Rachel Deaton struggled some Tuesday but still was able to finish at 78 for an overall 153.
Freshman Amber Bosworth (77-79) finished at 156, putting together a pair of sub-80 rounds.
“Louisiana Monroe just played great golf today,” Robson said. “We played with Tulsa and the difference was they made birdies while we were making pars.
“To keep with all five players under 80, especially with a couple struggling, was a great accomplishment for them to end the fall,”
After a disappointing previous week at Middle Tennessee, the Lady Govs could not be more pleased heading into the offseason.
“They now should have some motivation to work hard in this offseason, once we get rested up some,” Robson said. “We need to get stronger in some cases and we have some things to work on. I think they will look forward to that now. The thing now is confidence. This should help us a lot heading into the spring.“