Austin Peay State University Sports Information
Nashville, TN – Early-morning storms reduced Day One of the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate to 18 holes, but Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s golf was unperturbed by the conditions, hanging around the top-five for much of the day and putting three players inside the top-20.
With the opening day of competition reduced to 18 holes and the tournament as a whole now down to 36, Austin Peay is in good position heading into the final round.
At 295 as a team, the Govs are just 10 shots off the lead and three shots outside the top-five, tied with fellow Ohio Valley Conference program Belmont. Samford (285) leads the event with 18 holes to play, followed by Bradley (286), Southern Mississippi (289), Omaha and USC Upstate (292 each).
Junior Austin Lancaster’s seventh-place 71 led the way for the Govs; the Hendersonville Tennessee native shot a two-under 34 on the back-nine, with birdies on No. 10 and No. 15 and a team-high 14 pars.
As they harbor hopes of earning All-OVC honors, sophomore Chase Korte and junior Michael Busse both exited Monday inside the top-20. Busse checked in with a one-over 72, including one of just eight birdies in the round on the 190-yard par-3 at No. 11, while Korte posted a team-high four birdies and an even-par 35 on the front-nine.
Sophomore Garrett Whitfield (79) and freshman Micah Knisley (83) wrapped the first round for the Govs. In his first action of the spring, junior Alex Vegh equaled Korte with four birdies en route to a 77 as the individual.
Final-round action for the Govs kicks off 8:00am, Tuesday, at Richland Country Club. The Govs will be paired with Bowling Green and Xavier off Hole No. 1.