APSU Sports Information
Muscle Shoals, AL – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team improved by five shots and moved up one spot heading into the final round of the Ohio Valley Conference golf championships, being played at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.
With All-OVC performer Jessica Cathey shooting a 76 and the improving-freshman Amber Bosworth one shot back, the Lady Govs shot a second-round 315, on the par-72, 6,203-yard Fighting Joe layout.
APSU sits at 635 and resides in sixth place, sliding ahead of Belmont.
“We battled hard today,” APSU coach Sara Robson said. “We fought hard for those five shots better. We made some great shots and made some putts, but we really had some tough holes also. To hang in there and finish the way we did, I was really proud of them.
“It rained our first five holes. It wasn’t a downpour but it was a steady rain. They handled it well and made some adjustments to the yardage. The course was wet and some of the holes played a lot longer and were hard to make in regulation. They made the adjustments fairly well.”
Defending champion Eastern Kentucky appeared ready to run away with it on the front nine but slipped on the back side while Murray State made a charge. EKU will take a six-shot lead into the final round with a 599 while the Racers follow at 605 and Jacksonville State at 606.
Cathey, who was named All-OVC for the second straight year Monday, played steady golf all day, combining one birdie with three bogeys and one double bogey. For a second straight day the sophomore struggled on the greens.
“Jessica shot 76 today and easily could have been four shots lower,” Robson said. “She hit the ball well today but she just could not get any putts to drop again. She has to stay patient and let those putts fall.”
Bosworth, meanwhile, only was able to work her way into the lineup after a strong late-season performance at Western Kentucky. She continued her improved play, backing up her 82 from Monday with a 77 Tuesday. A former volleyball and basketball player, she has been playing competitive golf for only four years.
“She gets better and better every time she tees it up,” Robson said. “She has learned a lot about scoring and playing the golf courses in just how you approach different holes—the mental aspect of it. She has a ways to go, but she has a chance to be a great player for us.”
“She had a couple of shots go long on her and just didn’t get it up and down,” Robson said. “One bad swing and she hits into the water on a par (No. 13) and come back with a good shot but still goes double (bogey) there. She hit a shot wayward right on 17 off the tee and tried to play it smart, but pulled it a little bit into the water, ending up in the water. Just a couple of bad swings cost her today.”
With the course playing long, senior Rachel Deaton scrapped her way to an 82 while freshman Morgan Kauffman struggled on the greens to come in at 86. Despite some adversities, including the weather, Tuesday, Robson liked what she saw from her Lady Govs.
“I think we need to take the fact we battled and be proud of that,” Robson said. “We need to build on that and we need to make some putts. (Morgan) Kauffman missed some putts today. She can hit it with anybody but she needs to relax and make those putts.
“If Jessica can make a few putts and Kauffman putts better, we should be better. It will not be as wet tomorrow and that should help Rachel. She is not a long hitter and she struggled on the front nine reaching some of those longer holes.
“We need to do the things we did well today and believe in themselves.”
|Finish||School – Players||Round 1||Round 2||Totals|
|7||Austin Peay State University||320||315||635|
|T 15||Jessica Cathey (1)||79||76||155|
|T 15||Tala Mumford (3)||75||80||155|
|T 24||Amber Boswoth (5)||82||77||159|
|37||Rachel Deaton (2)||86||82||168|
|38||Morgan Kauffman (4)||84||86||170|