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Golf Govs hold three-stroke lead going into tourney's final round

Austin Peays men's golf team finds itself in good position to defend its crown at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, leading the field by three strokes after two rounds at The Links at Novadell.

The Govs opened with a tournament-record 276, bettering the previous mark by an amazing eight strokes. They followed that with a second-round 285, finishing the day with a tournament record 561, which was 15 strokes below par and an astounding 21 stokes better than the previous 36-hole team mark.
Austin Peay's men's golf team finds itself in good position to defend its crown at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, leading the field by three strokes after two rounds at The Links at Novadell.

The Govs opened with a tournament-record 276, bettering the previous mark by an amazing eight strokes. They followed that with a second-round 285, finishing the day with a tournament record 561, which was 15 strokes below par and an astounding 21 stokes better than the previous 36-hole team mark.

New Orleans (279-285-564) is in second place, while Chattanooga (288-277-565) made a second-round charge to finish the day in third place. APSU, New Orleans and Chattanooga will be grouped together for today's third round.

Austin Peay freshman Grant Leaver continued his impressive fall showing with an opening round 67 followed by a second-round 72 and is in sixth place with a two-round 139. However, he is five strokes off the tourney record-setting pace set by Tennessee State's Robert Dinwiddie and New Orleans' Kenji Murayama, who both finished the day at 134, seven strokes better than the tournament's previous 36-hole best.

Three other Govs golfers finished the day in the top 20: sophomore Yoshio Yamamoto (70-70-140) was in a sixth place tie and sophomores Justin Metzger (71-71-142) and Chris Barron (68-74-142) were each in a 13th place logjam.

The intercollegiate concludes today with a single, 18-hole round.
—Cody Bush