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Govs finish third at Chris Banister Classic

APSU Athletics Communications

By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletics Director

GLENCOE, Alabama—Freshman Taylor Dedmen made a little history and junior Meghann Stamps held onto her top-10 standing at the Chris Banister Classic at Silver Lakes Golf Course.

The Govs remained in third with a three-round 945 (313-312-320), eight shots clear of Tennessee Tech. Host Jacksonville State won the event with a 904, followed closely by Murray State (907) in a field heavy on Ohio Valley Conference squads.

“There are a lot of positives to take away from this week,” said head coach Amy McCollum. “The course played tough and I thought as a group we fought hard and did a great job overcoming challenges. We’re excited to get back to Clarksville and prepare for next week’s home tournament.”

Dedmen’s final-round 78 was the best by a Governor and moved her into a tie for 12th at 237 (82-77-78); she’s now the first Gov since Staci Lynch (2006-07) with three consecutive top-20 finishes as a freshman. She was particularly adept on the front nine during the final round, carding a 37 out and knocking down a par on the par-4 No. 8 that on average played more than a stroke over par on the day.

Stamps’ run of brilliant play continued with an eighth-place finish, the third top-10 finish in her last four outings dating back to last April. While her final-round 82 contrasted her red-hot opening round of 73, her overall 230 (73-75-82) kept her comfortably in the top-10 and was aided by team-highs in birdies (six), pars (31), par-5 scoring (5.08/hole) and par-4 scoring (4.30/hole).

Seniors Reagan Greene (79-77-84—240) and Taylor Goodley (79-84-79—242) both posted solid top-20 finishes, tying for 15thand 19th respectively. Greene closed strong, going one-over on the final five holes and parring No. 18—a par-4, 353-yard beast that had played as the course’s toughest in the first two rounds.

Freshman Shelby Darnell rounded out the lineup at 246 (82-83-81), placing 23rd. However, her 2.92 average on par-3 attempts led the tournament, one week after leading the Greenbrier Invitational in par-5 scoring.

Playing as the individual, sophomore Andrea Presilla wrapped up her season’s debut at 272 (87-93-92), placing 34th.

The Govs host their big fall event next week, with the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate set for Oct. 1-2 at Clarksville Country Club.