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APSU Women’s Golf in good shape at Lady Red Wolves Classic

 

APSU Women's GolfJonesboro, AR – For the first time in 2019-20 and just the sixth time in program history, Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s golf sits below 600 after two rounds, good for a share of fourth at the Lady Red Wolves Classic, hosted by Arkansas State at Sage Meadows Golf Club.

Austin Peay Women's Golf in position to make some noise on last day of Lady Red Wolves Classic. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Golf in position to make some noise on last day of Lady Red Wolves Classic. (APSU Sports Information)

At 598 (299-299), Austin Peay State University sits tied with UT Arlington and just six shots behind Lipscomb for a top-three placing. Host Arkansas State currently has the lead at 678.

“We’re very excited about how well we played today,” said APSU head coach Jessica Cathey, who was a member of the first sub-600 squad back in 2013. “The girls felt like they left a few shots out there, so now we’ve got new goals to set for ourselves.

“It felt like (the first round) was a catalyst throughout the rest of round two; we played better on the back nine knowing we achieved a goal we had set for ourselves. Now, they’re all excited to try and go lower tomorrow. Each player had good shots and a few bad shots; we’re happy to be where we’re at and we’ll see where it takes us tomorrow.”

Playing without senior Meghann Stamps, the Govs didn’t let circumstance get the better of them; they played some of the best golf the program has ever put forth, and sophomore Taylor Dedmen was a big reason why. The Plant City, Florida, native currently shares fourth with a 143 (71-72), leading a trio of Govs in the top-15. She birdied three straight holes on Nos. 15-17 in Round Two to overcome an early-round double-bogey.

Sophomore Shelby Darnell was step-for-step with Dedmen in the opening round with a career-best 71; despite a second-round 76, her 147 has her just one shot outside the top-10. Junior Riley Cooper rallied from an opening-round 77 to post a team-best 71 in round two, putting her one shot behind Darnell in 15th; she posted a trio of birdies on Hole Nos. 2-4 in the second round to aid her low score.

Pressed into the lineup with Stamps unavailable, freshman Payton Elkins responded with 80-80 scores as Austin Peay State University’s fourth counter in the lineup. Junior Andrea Presilla rounded out the lineup at 166 (85-81).

“Taylor has been a rock for us this fall and I’m proud of her for being so consistent,” Cathey said. “Riley beat her best round again. We counted Payton both rounds as a new part of the travel team, and she really came through for us.”

The APSU Govs will be paired with UT Arlington and Samford in Tuesday’s 8:00am final round, beginning on Hole Nos. 5-9.  

Box Score

Lady Red Wolves Classic
Sage Meadows Golf Club
Jonesboro, AR
Dates: Oct 14 – Oct 15

Finish School – Players Round 1 Round 2 Totals
T 4 Austin Peay State University 299 299 598
T 4 Taylor Dedmen (2) 71 72 143
T 13 Shelby Darnell (1) 71 76 147
T 15 Riley Cooper (3) 77 71 148
T 40 Payton Elkins (5) 80 80 160
T 49 Andrea Presilla (4) 85 81 166
         

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