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Savannah, GA – Austin Peay State University men’s golf got the spring session off to a rollicking start, firing matching 286s to sit in third at the Invitational at Savannah Harbor, hosted by William & Mary.
With a four-under par 572 through two rounds, the Govs are one of three teams to shoot under par on the first day of competition.
Host William & Mary (280-283—563) leads the way, while South Carolina Beaufort (282-284—566) is three shots back. North Dakota State (285-292—577) and Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech (296-283—579) rounds out the top-five heading into Sunday.
“Really pleased with our first rounds of the spring,” said head coach Robbie Wilson. “Every guy contributed at different teams; we didn’t have anyone go crazy low but it was a total team day.”
The opening round belong to a pair of sophomores, with Austin Lancaster and Alex Vegh carding matching 69s, tied for fourth after 18 holes. Lancaster put together as solid an opening round as any player, shooting all 18 holes at par or better, while Vegh carded a round-high seven birdies, including three in a row on Holes No. 1-3.
In the second round, Lancaster and Vegh faltered slightly but saw their teammates up their games, none more so than sophomore Michael Busse. He’ll head into Sunday’s final round tied for eighth overall thanks to a final-round 68, putting him at 142 (74-68) for the tournament.
Busse and the Govs were particularly adroit on par-3 holes; Austin Peay’s 2.95 stroke average was tied for the top spot after 36 holes, while Busse led the tournament with a 2.50 average. His 12 birdies—including eight in the second round—tied for the tournament lead with North Dakota State’s Van Holmgren.
Vegh is one shot out of the top-10 heading into the final round, tied for 12th at 143 (69-74). A consistent two rounds for freshman Chase Korte finds him tied for 21st (74-72—146), one shot ahead of Lancaster (69-78—147). Freshman Jay Fox‘s second-round 72 also aided the Governors in their quest to remain near the top of the leaderboard; he’s tied for 42nd (78-72—150) with 18 holes remaining.
“Michael could easily have shot a 65 in the second round and made eight birdies,” Wilson said. “Alex’s first round was solid and Austin was great over the first 23 holes. Jay stepped up big at the end of the day and Chase hung in there and fought all the way.”
Final-round action at Savannah Harbor commences with an 7:15am (CT) shotgun start. A complete recap will be available at the conclusion of play on LetsGoPeay.com.