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APSU Men’s Golf bounces back late from tough start at Derek Dolenc Invitational

APSU Men's GolfMadison, IL – A second-round 293 and late-round eagle barrage began to salve the wound of a difficult opening round for Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s golf team at the Derek Dolenc Invitational, but the Govs will need to go low again on Tuesday if they want to leap into the top-10 at Gateway National Golf Links.

Trio of late-round eagles help Austin Peay Men's Golf bounce back from early difficulties at Gateway National. (APSU Sports Information)
Trio of late-round eagles help Austin Peay Men’s Golf bounce back from early difficulties at Gateway National. (APSU Sports Information)

At 594 (301-293), the Govs are tied with rival Murray State with 18 holes to play.

Sharing 13th place, Austin Peay State University is six strokes from the top-10 and 12 from the top-five, and could take a page from the Missouri State book of rallying after a tough first round—the Bears shaved 20 strokes off from round one to round two and moved from a tie for 15th to a tie for fifth, alongside Drake and Loyola Chicago.

There are certainly positives to point to after 36 holes; the Govs led the way with a trio of eagles on opening day, and their par-3 stroke average (3.16/hole as a team) is firmly in the upper echelon among teams in the field. But Austin Peay’s par-4 (4.33/hole) and par-5 (5.15/hole) scoring lags near the bottom, ahead of only Eastern Illinois on the par-5 efforts.

Another positive note: Michael Busse. The Michigan man’s two-under 140 (69-71) has him enjoying a share of fifth with 18 holes to go. He closed his second round with an eagle on the par-5 at No. 18, which is where all three Governor big birds came in the afternoon round.

Senior Austin Lancaster was most consistent Gov on the day, with a 73-74 highlighted by another of the second-round eagles. One shot behind Lancaster was freshman Tate Dickerson, who shook of a tough opening round and a seven on No. 5 to shoot one-under for the remainder of the second round. Dickerson also tied for the tournament lead on par-3 shooting, averaging 2.60 strokes per hole birdieing the par-3 at No. 4, the second round’s sixth-toughest hole.

Junior Chase Korte rallied from a disastrous opening round with a second-round 77, sitting at 158 (81-77) with 18 to play; he also was aided by the 18th-hole eagle line the Govs found as a team. Senior Alex Vegh (84-84—168) will look to bounce back strong on Tuesday.

Austin Peay finishes off the Derk Dolenc Inviational with an 8:15am shotgun start, Tuesday morning. The Govs are scheduled to be paired with Murray State and Southern Utah, beginning on Holes No. 12-14.


Box Score

SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational
Dates: Sep 23-24, 2019
Par: 71 Yardage: 7092

Finish School – Players Round 1 Round 2 Totals
T13 Austin Peay State University 301 293 594
T 5 Michael Busse 69 71 140
T 32 Austin Lancaster 73 74 147
T 48 Tate Dickerson 78 71 149
T 88 Chase Korte 81 77 158
98 Alex Vegh 84 84 168

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