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Austin Peay State University Freshman leads Governors Golf on Day One at Inverness

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUToledo, OH – On a day when course management was essential on one of the country’s most historic golf courses, it was a freshman who led Austin Peay State University men’s golf team during Monday’s first two rounds of the Inverness Intercollegiate, being played at the Inverness Club.

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

Jonas Vaisanen shot rounds of 75 and 73 for a 6-over 148 to sit in a 20th-place tie as the Governors rest in ninth place after shooting 609 (308-301) heading into the tourney’s final day. East Tennessee and South Florida led after Day 1, shootings 579s

“Jonas really took a step forward today,” APSU interim coach Dustin Korte said. “He really didn’t hit the ball phenomenally today but he managed the course so well.

“He played like a veteran—he got out his notes—and worked his way around the course.”

In the first round, the Helsinki, Finland native had two of the Govs’ five birdies. He added three more in the second round.

Senior Tucker Wallace was APSU’s next best Monday finisher, shooting 153 (78-75) while juniors Chris Baker (77-77) and Austin Kramer (78-76) were at 154. Columbus, Ohio freshman Justin Arens, returning to his home state, 160 (79-81).

“We did some good things today,” Korte said. “We some signs of maturity out there—our attitudes remained good and we didn’t get down after some tough holes.

“But we have to play smarter. We made a lot of course management mistakes—this course is extremely difficult. We have to do a better job making aggressive swings at conservative targets.”

Korte probably could hear his former coach Kirk Kayden, who was there with his Mercer team, ringing in his ears—he even sounded like him after the day.

“The way this course plays you have to accept pars and move on to the next hole,” Korte said. “You got to understand where the pin placements are. If they are far right, you have to miss left. You might miss a 10-foot birdie putt and find yourself five foot past the hole for a par.

“We just have to understand pars are good scores on this course. I think we will learn from today.”

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