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Savannah, GA – Another strong round bumped a young Austin Peay State University men’s golf team into second on the final day of the Invitational at Savannah Harbor, hosted by William & Mary.
Austin Peay’s three-round 857 (286-286-285) was its best during the tenure of head coach Robbie Wilson, making the Govs the lone team in the tournament to post a score under-par in all three rounds.
Host William & Mary won the event by a mere three shots (280-283-291—854) after the Govs shot the best final 18 team score to shave three strokes off the Tribe’s advantage.
South Carolina Beaufort (862), North Dakota State (877) and Bethune-Cookman (879) rounded out the top-five.
“Another really good day for us out there,” Wilson said. “The pins were much tougher and the scores were higher. I’m glad to see the progress that I know we’ve made in practice translate to tournament play.”
For the tournament, the Govs led the way in par-3 (2.95/hole) scoring and 54 total birdies to secure their best finish of the season.
Sophomore Michael Busse showed why entered the weekend in the No. 1 slot for the Governors. The Rochester Hills, Michigan native fired a final-round 70—one of three for the Govs—to finish tied for third with a 212 (74-68-70). It’s the best finish and 54-hole score of Busse’s career; he also led the tournament in par-3 scoring (2.67/hole) and sank a tournament-high 15 birdies.
Sophomores Alex Vegh and Austin Lancaster fired the other final-round 70s for the Governors. Vegh placed sixth overall, one shot behind Busse, with a 213 (69-74-70), giving him back-to-back top-10 finishes in the event, while Lancaster’s one-over 217 (69-78-70) was the best of his Austin Peay career.
“Our three sophomores played their best golf and continue to improve each week,” Wilson said. “We were down around eight shots with five holes left and really pushed the leaders with a late run.”
Freshman Chase Korte tied Lancaster and Vegh for the team low with four birdies on the final day, slotting into a 25th-place finish (74-72-75—221). Freshman Jay Fox rounded out a strong showing for the Govs with a 229 (78-72-79—229).
The Govs return to action March 5th-6th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, site of Loyola’s Fort Lauderdale Intercollegiate.