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Muscle Shoals, AL – In a first in Ohio Valley Conference history, a pair of coaches from the same program shared OVC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year honors, with current head coach Amy McCollum and former head coach Sara Robson combining to earn Coach of the Year accolades from their peers around the league.
This was announced Monday at the annual postseason awards banquet following the opening round of OVC Tournament competition, and it was not the end of accolades for Austin Peay.n addition to the programs first Coach of the Year honor, junior Ashton Goodley was named an All-OVC competitor, while junior Reagan Greene earned All-Newcomer honors.
Robson, who was Austin Peay’s head coach from 2004 through the fall of 2017, presided over four top-five team finishes during the fall, including a team title in her final tournament as head coach at Tennessee State’s Town and Country Invitational to close the fall slate before transitioning into an administrative role in the athletics department.
The squad didn’t miss a beat during the transition; despite a spring season that yielded just one 54-hole tournament due to consistently horrendous weather, McCollum led the Govs to three top-five finishes with a potential fourth upcoming this week as Austin Peay finished the opening round of the OVC Championships in a tie for third.
Between the two, Austin Peay posted a .659 winning percentage (80-41-2), averaging 309.33 strokes per round with a low of 291.
Goodley has enjoyed a sensational junior campaign that saw her post a team-best .750 winning percentage. She has three top-10 finishes on the season—NKU Fall Classic (sixth), Town and Country Invitational (second) and Saluki Invitational (seventh)—with her runner-up performance at the Town and Country Invitational a career-best.
Two of Goodley’s first five rounds yielded season-best marks of 71 (First round, NKU Fall Classic; second round, Cardinal Classic). She finished eighth in the OVC in stroke average at 77.11, the best mark by a Governor this season.
Greene, who came to Austin Peay following two all-South Atlantic Conference Tournament stints at Lincoln Memorial, has been a consistent presence for the Govs. She kicked off her Austin Peay career with five top-20 finishes in her first six appearances, including a trio of top-10s: seventh in her debut at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, fifth at the Town and Country Invitational and runner-up honors at the Citrus Classic.
Greene’s 78.1 stroke average (tied for 18th in the league) includes a 74 to close her stay at the Citrus Classic and an opening-round 74 at the Colonel Classic.
“I’m extremely proud of both Reagan and Ashton,” McCollum said. “Both really deserved this. It’s both exciting and rewarding for Ashton to get All-OVC. Reagan’s mental attitude has helped us a ton; she’s always ready to get out on the course and fight and her teammates love that positivity.”
Round Two action at the 2018 OVC Women’s Golf Championships continues Tuesday morning from the Schoolmaster course at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals.