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Golf Govs rebound to finish second at Big Red Classic

Austin Peays mens golf team rebounded to finish in second place at the 2004 Big Red Classic, played at the Lake Diamond Golf and Country Club in Ocala, Fla.

The Governors and Bowling Green hosted the 15-team, 54-hole tournament, which saw 36 holes played Saturday and 18 Sunday on the par 72, 6,625-yard layout. Included in the tournament were Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky plus Wisconsin- Marquette along with Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M and Methodist College, a nine-time Division III national champion from Fayetteville, N.C.
Austin Peay's men's golf team rebounded to finish in second place at the 2004 Big Red Classic, played at the Lake Diamond Golf and Country Club in Ocala, Fla.

The Governors and Bowling Green hosted the 15-team, 54-hole tournament, which saw 36 holes played Saturday and 18 Sunday on the par 72, 6,625-yard layout. Included in the tournament were Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky plus Wisconsin- Marquette along with Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M and Methodist College, a nine-time Division III national champion from Fayetteville, N.C.

The Govs, who fell to fourth place after leading following Saturday's opening around, erased two strokes from a six-stroke deficit to eventual champ Methodist College, one of the nation's top Division III programs. With more difficult playing conditions, Sunday, the Govs shot a 301 for an 891 total. Methodist finished at 887.

Bowling Green was third at 893 followed by Ohio and Marquette (898).

The Govs' Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Kentucky ended seventh at 901, 10 strokes behind APSU.

Individually, senior Matt Gallant finished sixth with a 221 (70-75-76). Chris Barron (71-77-75=223) was tied for 11th while fellow freshmen Yoshio Yamamoto (74-76-75=225) and Matt Dugger (75-75-75=225) tied for 21st while another freshman Justin Metzger (76-74-79=229) was tied for 31st. The Govs sixth player, Chris Harder (82-79-80=241) ended in 77th.

The Govs saw their string of 49 straight wins against OVC opposition end in the season opener at South Florida. In fact, new member Jacksonville State won the tournament.

“The team is still positive and knows this is a long season,” says Head Coach Mark Leroux. ”They believe in themselves and believe they will defend their OVC championship in May.”

The Govs will return to action next Monday and Tuesday in the 54-hole Amoco-Ultimate Intercollegiate, in Jacksonville, Ala.
—Brad Kirtley