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Brentwood, TN – The young Austin Peay State University men’s golf team has been picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll as picked by the league men’s coaches. Meanwhile, the Lady Govs were chosen seventh on the women’s side.
Defending champion Jacksonville State, with 95 points, was picked to win the men’s championship while Morehead State (77 points) got the nod on the women’s side.
The Golf Govs (78 points), who have just one senior in Tucker Wallace, had a strong fall, despite their relative youth.
The Governors finished in the Top 10 in all five tournaments played, including an impressive fourth-place finish at the Cardinal Collegiate and first-place in their own F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, an eight-stroke victory, to wrap up the fall.
News coach Robbie Wilson will take over a program that saw junior Chris Baker and Austin Kramer steadily emerge in the fall while freshmen Jonas Vaisanen, Colton Godwin and Luis Navarrete showed great promise.
Eastern Kentucky (76) and UT Martin (75) and Belmont (75) were picked right behind the Governors followed by Tennessee Tech (55), Murray State (43), Morehead State (34), SIUE (30), Eastern Illinois (20) and Tennessee State (19).
Morehead was picked the preseason favorite on the women’s side for the third straight year. Defending champion Murray State (73 points) was picked second while Eastern Kentucky (67) was tabbed third. Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech tied for fourth place (51) and were followed by Belmont (43), Austin Peay (34), SIUE (28), Eastern Illinois (17) and Tennessee State (9).
Like the Govs, the Lady Govs also are young—they have just one senior in Meghan Mueller. They are led by junior Jessica Cathey, a two-time All-OVC selection who had another strong fall campaign.
The OVC Women’s Golf Championship will be contested April 20th-22nd at Hampton Cove on the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Huntsville, Alabama. The OVC Men’s Championships runs April 24th-26th and returns to The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.