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APSU Governors Golf sits tied for 8th after first day of Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate

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Austin Peay State University Governors Sports - APSUHilton Head, SC – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team has some work to do if it is to maintain its streak of Top 5 finishes.

The Governors struggled to a 298-309=607 and sits in an eighth-place tie with William and Mary heading to Tuesday’s final round of the Ninth Annual Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Tournament, being played on the 6,823-yard, par-72 Wexford Plantation course.

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

South Carolina Aiken leads the way (593) leads the way, followed by Charleston Southern (599), Elon (601), Presbyterian (601), Radford (602), VCU (605) and host Francis Marion (606) in the 17-team tournament.

Senior Marco Iten (72-78=150) and sophomore Chris Baker (76-74=150) led the way and are tied for 18th place overall while sophomore Austin Kramer was one shot back (74-77=151). Senior Trey Tarpley was 4-over on the first round but struggled to an 85 in the second round. Two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection Anthony Bradley struggled through one of his worst days as a Govs, shooting 82-80=162. As a result, the Govs had to count a second-round 80, elevating their second-round score.

“Obviously, we were a little rusty today,” APSU coach Kirk Kayden said. “There were signs of it (playing well), especially in the first round—we made some good shots, But we just were not able to make shots on a consistent basis.

“The wind really picked up in the afternoon round and the course was tight and demanding so if you hit your tee shot left or right you had to punch out from the pine trees.”

The afternoon winds and the fact the Governors have had little course and practice time combined to wear down the Govs mentally and physically in the afternoon.

“It is hard enough to go out there 12 hours and maintain your focus on a 36-hole day, but when you have not done it since October, when you have not competed in four months, that makes it that much more difficult, especially with the conditions we been trying to practice in,” Kayden said.

Kayden is hopeful his Govs can make up ground tomorrow against teams that mostly have enjoyed more practice time in this volatile winter. They will have to if they are going to maintain their string of 18 straight tournaments Top 5 finishes.

“We are going to try and improve tomorrow,” Kayden said. “Every time we can get out there is an opportunity for us to get better.

“We have some work to do—today was a little bit of a wake-up call. I am confident we are going to improve from tournament 1 to tournament 2, especially if we are able to get outside and it sounds we are going to be able to do that.”

Box Score

Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Tournament
February 17th-18th, 2014
Hilton Head, SC

Finish School – Players Round 1 Round 2 Totals
T 8 Austin Peay State University 298 309 607
T 18 Marco Iten 72 78 150
T 18 Chris Baker 76 74 150
T 24 Austin Kramer 74 77 151
T 72 Trey Tarpley 76 85 161
T 76 Anthony Bradley 82 80 162

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