Sapphire Valley, NC – Tuesday was a long day for Austin Peay State University (APSU) men’s golf team, with much of the second round to play before a sprint to the finish in the J.T. Poston Invitational at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
The Govs placed eighth as a team but were agonizingly close to their first top-five finish in this event; a few putts here and there and Austin Peay State University’s 846 (277-280-289) could’ve been Central Arkansas’ 841—or better.
Georgia Southern (805) won the team event and set the 54-hole team scoring record for the Western Carolina-hosted event.
Junior Chase Korte jumped nine spots in the final round to earn a top-10 finish thanks to a final-round 67, finishing at 206 (68-71-67) overall. Korte eagled No. 8 in the final round, which played as the third-hardest hole for the tournament, helping his par-4 scoring average to a team-best 3.82 strokes per hole.
Senior Michael Busse just missed a top-20 finish, settling for 22nd with a four-under 209 (70-65-74). His second-round 65 was tied for the third-best round in the tournament and included seven birdies—more than half his team-high 13 for the tournament.
Despite an opening-round 66, senior Austin Lancaster found the going tougher later in the tournament, finishing with a one-over 214 (66-73-75). Sophomore Micah Knisley (79-71-73—223) and freshman Tate Dickerson (73-77-75—225) rounded out the Austin Peay lineup, with Knisley’s final-round 73 second among Govs behind only Korte.
The Govs will take a week off before returning to action at the 2019 F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee.
JT Poston Invitational
Country Club of Sapphire Valley
Poston Invite Dates: Sep 30 – Oct 01
|Finish||School – Players||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Totals|
|8||Austin Peay State University||207||280||289||846|
|T 10||Chase Korte (4)||68||71||67||206|
|T 22||Michael Busse (1)||70||65||74||209|
|T 46||Austin Lancaster (2)||66||73||75||214|
|78||Micah Knisley (5)||79||71||73||223|
|T 81||Tate Dickerson (3)||73||77||75||225|