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Austin Peay State University Men’s Golf set to play historic Inverness in second fall event

APSU Sports Information Office

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUToledo, OH – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team will participate in its second fall tournament when it travels to Ohio to participate in the Inverness Intercollegiate, to be played at the historic Inverness Club.

Austin Peay Senior Tucker Wallace will lead the Golf Govs at Inverness. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Senior Tucker Wallace will lead the Golf Govs at Inverness. (APSU Sports Information)

Old friend and former Govs coach Kirk Kayden will be bringing his No. 32 Mercer team, but the Bears will be just one of nine teams– No. 12 Alabama-Birmingham, No. 33 South Florida, No. 37 Kent State, No. 38 Liberty, No. 52 Memphis, No. 54 East Tennessee State, No. 65 Charlotte and No. 78 Austin Peay—that were ranked in the Top 100 of the 2013-14 Golfstat rankings.

In addition, host Toledo, Michigan State and Yale also will be participating.

The two-day, 54-hole event will be played on a par-71, 7,300-yard layout at Inverness, the host of nine major championships, including four U.S. Opens and a pair of PGA Championships since the course was opened in 1903. It is still ranked as one of the top “Classic Golf Courses” in the country.

“Obviously a phenomenal golf course,” interim APSU coach Dustin Korte said. “Certainly it is going to be an interesting test. We played Spirit Hollow (Golf Course) last week—it was especially tough for our three freshmen.

“This will be a little different. It is more of an old-school course where it is tree lined, a little shorter and you have to place your shots around. It is something we will have to be aware of and work on.”

The Governors will take three veterans—senior Tucker Wallace, juniors Austin Kramer and Chris Baker—and two freshmen—Jonas Vaisanen and Justin Arens. Kramer and Baker finished in a 13th-place tie in the GolfWeek Conference challenge, shooting 221s, while Arens and Vaisanen closed the tourney with their best respective rounds, 76 and 74, respectively. Tucker didn’t participate in the season-opening tourney.

After playing a three rounds of 18 holes last week in the GolfWeek College Challenge, the Govs will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday.

“It will be our first 36-hole day and it will be a challenge,” Korte said. “We have tried to get as many (conditioning) workouts in to get them in the best shape as possible.

“But at the same time on qualifying days we have not done those workouts because I want them to be at their best on the course. I am going to challenge them as much as possible to see who we will emerge at the end of all this (fall). They all will have a chance to play in the fall. The good thing about having eight guys, they all are going to get a chance to play in one, maybe two tournaments this fall.”


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