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APSU Women’s Golf places eighth at Lady Red Wolves Classic


APSU Women's GolfJonesboro, AR – Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s golf team was unable to make it three straight rounds below 300, but newcomer Payton Elkins impressed to close out her first tournament at the Lady Red Wolves Classic, hosted by Arkansas State.

Austin Peay Women's Golf freshman Payton Elkins has big day Tuesday in final round of the Lady Red Wolves Classic. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Golf freshman Payton Elkins has big day Tuesday in final round of the Lady Red Wolves Classic. (APSU Sports Information)

Elkins’ final-round 75 was Austin Peay State University’s best score, leaving her with a 235 (80-80-75—235) to finish 38th in her first appearance in the APSU lineup. Junior Riley Cooper moved into the top-20, finishing 20th with a 224 (77-71-76); Cooper’s final-round birdie on the par-4 at No. 16 was one of just 27 recorded in the tournament.

“Payton played phenomenal golf and stepped up,” said head coach Jessica Cathey. “We needed a low score and she provided that for us. Very proud of how both she and Riley played.”

Sophomore Taylor Dedmen was ultimately Austin Peay State University’s top finisher, tying for 14th at 221 (71-72-78). Dedmen’s back-to-back double bogey’s on No. 6 and No. 7 were a microcosm for APSU’s final day; only Elkins (who parred both holes) was able to emerge with anything better than a pair of bogeys on the on the course’s second-longest par-4 followed by a tricky par-3. With the Govs starting on Hole Nos. 5-9, it made for a difficult start to the Austin Peay State University day.

“We have to figure out how to get off to a better start each round,” Cathey said. “Once we figure out how to be solid on the first four to five holes.”

Shelby Darnell and Andrea Presilla were the final members of the lineup for the Govs. Darnell posted a 225 (71-76-78), tying for 21st a mere one shot behind Cooper. Presilla (85-81-85—251; 51st) birdied the par-4 No. 2, which played as Tuesday’s sixth-most difficult hole.

While the Govs dropped down the leaderboard on Tuesday, the team-centered markers for progress are being hit, an encouraging sign for Cathey in her first season at the helm.

“The fact of the matter is, our team tourney average has dropped each tourney aside from JSU,” she said. “The small wins will get us to a bigger win. The leaderboard may not reflect it, but we’re doing good things within the team and that will help later on. It is frustrating to move down the leaderboard. Team-wise, everyone has a good attitude right now. The atmosphere is helping with that too; our culture is great and I’m really proud of them for that.”


Next Up For APSU Women’s Golf

The APSU Govs will be back in action to close out the fall two weeks from now at the Town and Country Invitational, hosted by Tennessee State at McCabe Golf Course; Austin Peay State University is the two-time defending champion of the event.  

Box Score

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

Finish School – Players Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Totals
8 Austin Peay State University 299 299 307 905
T 14 Taylor Dedmen (2) 71 72 78 221
20 Riley Cooper (3) 77 71 76 224
T 21 Shelby Darnell (1) 71 76 78 225
38 Payton Elkins (5) 80 80 75 235
51 Andrea Presilla (4) 85 81 85 251




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