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El Campeón gets best of APSU Golf Govs during Day 1 in Florida

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Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUHowey-In-The-Hills, FL – El Campeón Course at the historic Mission Inn Resort and Spa got the best of the Austin Peay State University men’s golf team during the first day of the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, Saturday.

Austin Peay Men's Golf. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Men’s Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors shot rounds of 309-308 and their 617 has them sitting in 10th place heading into Sunday’s final round on the par 72, 6,884-yard layout.

Virginia Tech, ranked 34th nationally, has a commanding 10-shot lead over East Carolina after shooting a two-round (577-291-286).

After struggling with six double bogeys plus a triple in the first round, the Govs settled down to have just a trio of double bogeys in the second but the round was singed by a triple and a quad. Even No. 1 player, junior Austin Kramer [2], struggled in the first round with a 79, unable to gain a single birdie while being hurt by a pair of doubles and a trio of bogeys.

But the Knoxville native bounced in the afternoon to shoot the Govs’ only subpar round with a 2-under 70, knocking in a trio of birdie putts with just one bogey. His 149 leaves him tied for 14th overall.

“El Campeón gave us all we could handle today,” APSU coach Robbie Wilson [3] said. “It is such a tough tournament course. Aside from Kramer’s second round our guys didn’t play close to their best.

“I was happy to see Austin come back and play well in the afternoon.”

Fellow junior Chris Baker [4] had the Govs’ second lowest round and that was a 75 during Saturday’s morning round while senior Tucker Wallace [5], junior Tyler Phillips [6] and freshman Justin Arens [7] all had 78 in the opening round.

In the afternoon, after Kramer’s 70 the next best scores were 79s while the Govs also had to count an 80.

“We expect a better effort tomorrow and will try to leave Florida on a positive note.”

Box Score

Mission Inn Spring Spectacular
Team/Player Leaderboard
Tournament Home
Howey-in-the-Hills – Tournament Tees Par: 72 Yardage: 6884
March 14th-15th, 2015

Austin Peay State 309 308 E +41
T14 Austin Kramer (1) 79 70 E (0) +5
T39 Chris Baker (2) 75 79 E (0) +10
T56 Tucker Wallace (3) 78 79 E (0) +13
T64 Justin Arens (5) 78 80 E (0) +14
T67 Tyler Phillips (4) 78 81 E (0) +15