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Muscle Shoals, AL – Austin Peay State University shot 2-under 286 and rests in second place heading to Day 2 of the Ohio Valley Conference men’s golf tournament, being played at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.The Governors, led by senior Marco Iten’s 4-under 68—he is tied for first—trail Jacksonville State (280) by six shots heading into Saturday’s second round on the par-72, 7,187-yard Fight Joe course layout.
Eastern Kentucky is in third (292) followed by Belmont (293).
“I know the guys felt like they could have played a little bit better,” APSU coach Kirk Kayden said. APSU coach Kirk Kayden said. “But tomorrow is moving day. We know what we have to do. We just have to keep playing golf and make a few more putts.
“We kept our emotions in check, which is important in a pressurized conference tournament situation. We kept our composure all day and that was good to see.”
Iten’s round consisted of six birdies and two bogeys. Bradley had four birdies and two bogeys. Junior Tucker Wallace bounced back from two straight doubles caused by tee shots into the water to finish at 73. Trey Tarpley and Chris Baker each finished at 2-over 74.
“Marco had a phenomenal round at 4-under and Anthony was solid at 1-under (71),” Kayden said. “The other three we had one at 1-over and two at 2-over. The guys got the first round out of the way and will be ready tomorrow.”
Jacksonville State built its lead as a result of owning four players under par, including its No. 5 player, Camilo Aguado , who is tied with Iten and Belmont’s Ted Moon for first.
“You have to give JSU credit today,” Kayden said. “Their guys played very well today.”
Overnight rains softened the course some, especially early in the day. Winds picked up at midday, creating havoc for several at No. 9 as multiple tee shots blew right…into the water.
“I think our guys learned today the course was actually receptive to making more birdies than we thought,” Kayden said. “There were a lot of birdies on everyone’s card out there and we need to keep up. We just need to maintain our focus and continue doing what we have been doing all season.
“We had a few ball go in the water today. We have to make better club selections and treat the wind with a little bit more respect.”