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APSU Governors Golf at WKU Kenny Perry Invitational Monday

 

Austin Peay Sports Information Office

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUBowling Green, KY – Following a week’s layoff, Austin Peay State University men’s golf team heads down the stretch of the fall schedule when it makes a short trip into Kentucky to participate in the WKU Kenny Perry Invitational, Monday and Tuesday, at The Club at Olde Stone .

Austin Peay senior Tucker Wallace will lead the Govs at Olde Stone. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay senior Tucker Wallace will lead the Govs at Olde Stone. (APSU Sports Information)

The 54-hole event (36 holes Monday, 18 Tuesday) will be played on the par-72, 7372-yard layout, a course that has served as host to multiple NCAA Regionals, despite opening less than 10 years ago. It has been ranked as one the Top 100 Residential and Modern Golf Courses.

In addition to Austin Peay and host Western Kentucky, the strong 12-team field will feature Ohio Valley Conference foes Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky along with Dayton, Florida Atlantic, Lipscomb, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, Oakland and Stetson.

The quickly improving young Govs will looking to build on the fourth-place finish at the Cardinal Invitational in Louisville. This is APSU fourth fall tournament and the Governors will conclude the 2014 portion of their schedule next week when they host the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate at the Links at Novadell in Hopkinsville, Ky.

“I think we really made some headway at Louisville,” said interim Coach Dustin Korte. “We had some guys really step up. We had a lot of good stuff. We saw a lot of birdies but we made way too many doubles and triples.

“There is some serious room for improvement. If we can get that accomplished we can be pretty good by the end of the season. People say you have to have the players and that is true. But we not only have the players we also have the ability to get better throughout this whole season. There is so much room for improvement with this golf team…and that is exciting.”

Korte lamented the missed opportunity at Louisville. The Govs, despite playing three freshmen, were in the final group on the tourney’s final day against a stout tournament field.

“On our Birdie Fire stats, No. 14, which is a tough hole at Cardinal Club, we were 11-over (par),” Korte said, “and then on No. 7, which isn’t a difficult hole, we were 10 over. If you cut that to five-over for each hole that is 10 shots and we win the golf tournament.

“There is a certain hole where you make double one day, you can’t make double the next day. You have to find a way to make par. Or better yet, you have to eliminate doubles and making bogeys. If we could have found a way to make bogeys and not the triples…It is not easy to do—but you find a way. it is maturity.”

The Govs will feature a lineup that will include senior Tucker Wallace, juniors Austin Kramer and Chris Baker, sophomore Erik Bertrand and freshman Jonas Vaisanen. For Kramer, Baker and Vaisanen, it is the trios fourth tourney. For Bertrand, it will be his first.

“This is an extremely tough course—a long course so we are going to need our firepower,” Korte said.

Video – Austin Kramer


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