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APSU Athlete of the Week Erik Hedberg

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Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team senior Erik Hedberg has been named the Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week.

Hedberg was runner-up at the Tiger Invitational, sharing the honor out of the 96-man field with Missouri’s Hayden Buckley after shooting a four-under par 212 (71-72-69). The Barcelona native led the tournament in birdies (19) and averaged a tournament-best 3.67 strokes per hole on par-4 attempts; he rolled in eight birdies overall and shot three-under on par-4s during Tuesday’s final round.

APSU Men's Golf - Erik Hedberg

His final-round 69 makes him the third Gov in as many tournaments to record a final-round score in the 60s, after Alex Vegh (69, Coca-Cola Wofford Intercollegiate) and Hunter Tidwell (68, Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate).

Among OVC golfers with a minimum of 25 rounds completed, Hedberg’s 74.6 stroke average ranks 19th, thanks in no small part to a recent stretch that has seen him shoot par or better in five of his last six rounds.

For his efforts, Hedberg earned his first career Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week honor, sharing the honor with UT Martin’s Hunter Richardson. He’s Austin Peay’s first weekly award winner since 2014.

The Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week is selected by the APSU Sports Information staff each Wednesday during the academic year. Copies in a Flash, of Clarksville, sponsors the award.

Other notable performances by Austin Peay athletes included

  • Sophomore Taylor Goodley, of the women’s golf team, placed 10th at the Jan Weaver Invitational, moving into the top-10 thanks to a final-round 76, finishing with a 231 (77-78-76) overall.
  • Sophomore pole vaulter Savannah Amato, of the track and field team, extended her lead in the OVC pole vault race with a 4.03m (13-2.5) mark at the Hilltopper Relays, a half-inch off her personal-best. She now ranks 17th in the NCAA East Region and 46th in the nation, and 11th among all sophomores.
  • Sophomore Lidia Yanes Garcia, of the women’s tennis team, scored an epic 6-3, 5-7, 12-10 victory at No. 1 singles against SIU Edwardsville’s Lexi Aranda, then toppled Eastern Illinois’ Kelly Iden in straight sets (6-0, 6-2).
  • Junior second baseman Garrett Giovannelli, of the baseball team, hit .571 (8-for-14) with three RBI, three stolen bases and four runs. He was 8-for-10 in the series win against Belmont, reaching base in all six plate appearances Friday and all five times at bat in Sunday’s finale.

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