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Governors aim for fourth straight OVC golf championship

Austin Peays mens golf team jumped out to a first-round, four-stroke lead in defense of its Ohio Valley Conference championship, Monday, April 26, at the Country Club of Paducah (Ky.).

The team is shooting for its fourth-straight league tournament championship through Wednesday, April 28, at the Country Club of Paducah (Ky,).

The 54-hole tournament is being held at the Robert Trent Jones design Par-72 course measuring 6,915 yards. This is the third straight year Paducah has hosted the event.
Austin Peay's men's golf team jumped out to a first-round, four-stroke lead in defense of its Ohio Valley Conference championship, Monday, April 26, at the Country Club of Paducah (Ky.).

The team is shooting for its fourth-straight league tournament championship through Wednesday, April 28, at the Country Club of Paducah (Ky,).

The 54-hole tournament is being held at the Robert Trent Jones design Par-72 course measuring 6,915 yards. This is the third straight year Paducah has hosted the event.

Only Middle Tennessee (1960-64) and Eastern Kentucky (1982-86) have won as many as four straight league titles. And if the Govs are to make it four straight, they will have to play their spring season's best golf.

“This tournament as a whole will probably be the most competitive we have had since I have been here,” says APSU Coach Mark Leroux. “With the addition of a real strong program in Jacksonville State to the league and the continual strength of Eastern Kentucky along with Tennessee State's tremendous improvement, it should be real interesting.

“We are the defending champions and we should be one of the favorites. Statistically we are one of the two or three best teams in the league. Now we just to have to go out and play.”

Led by senior Matt Gallant and freshman Chris Barron, who shot opening-round 71s—good enough for a second-place tie, the Govs fired a first-day 298, four shots better than Murray State and Jacksonville State.

Only 12 strokes separate the top nine teams in the tournament as Morehead State and Tennessee State are at 304, Eastern Kentucky 307 and Samford and Eastern Illinois at 310.
—Brad Kirtley