From APSU Sports Information
After enjoying a shorts-wearing 65-degree practice round, Sunday, Austin Peay State University’s golf team and the other 15 teams entered in the Samford Intercollegiate battled high-20 degree wind chill temperatures, Monday.As a result, only 27 holes were completed in the 54-hole tournament, with the final 27 to be completed Tuesday at the Hoover Country Club, on the par-72, 7,001-yard layout.
After the initial day—only the first-round scores are announced—the Govs find themselves in a fourth-place tie after shooting an opening-round 312—Bowling Green also shot a 312.
UAB, ranked No. 9 nationally, led after the opening round with a 290, with South Alabama second at 306, followed by Western Carolina at 308.
The Governors found themselves ahead of Ohio Valley Conference rivals Belmont (7th/314), Jacksonville State 10th/318) and Eastern Kentucky (12th/322).
“The 312 is really not too bad when you consider the scoring average today was an 81,” APSU coach Kirk Kayden said. “The temperatures were in the mid-30s but when you throw in the wind, it made things that much more difficult. The greens really played fast—it was a really difficult scoring day.
“We are close—we have some guys who are playing pretty well. If we can finish off the second round strong and play well we have a chance to beat some pretty good teams.”
Marco Iten led the Govs in the opening round with a 2-over 74—tying him for fourth overall—while fellow senior Anthony Bradley and sophomore Austin Kramer fired 77s.
Senior Trey Tarpley was the other counter with an 84 while sophomore Chris Baker shot an 86. Tucker Wallace, playing as an individual, shot an 80.
“In the conditions we played in today that 2-over by Marco was a really good score,” Kayden said. “Anthony and Austin also played pretty solid as well. Our guys also told me in the van we had two that were two-over on the front nine of the second round and two others at four-over.
“We understand what the conditions are going to be like tomorrow—it is going to be cold—and we can deal with that—we don’t think the wind is going to be as big a factor tomorrow.”