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Govs finish runner-up at Savannah Harbor

APSU Athletics Communications

By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletics Communications

SAVANNAH, Georgia—Austin Peay was again among the best performers in the final round of the 2019 Invitational at Savannah Harbor, hosted by William & Mary.

But one big final round move conspired to knock the Govs from atop the leaderboard and forced them to settle for runner-up honors in the 18-team field at the Club at Savannah Harbor, Sunday.

The Govs finished two shots behind champion USC Beaufort, whose final-round 282 took them from eighth all the way to first with an 872 three-round total. The Govs (298-280-296—874) held off North Dakota State (875) for runner-up, with Bethune-Cookman and Belmont tying for fourth at 880 apiece.

Junior Michael Busse was the top finisher for Austin Peay, parlaying a final-round 72 into a fourth-place, one-under par (74-69-72) finish. He was the tournament-leader in par-5 scoring (4.67/hole) and led the Govs in birdies (13) and par-4 scoring (4.00/hole) as well.

Sophomore Chase Korte backed up his second-round 68 with a 73 to secure his place in the top-20; he finished 15th with a two-over 218 (77-68-73) and picked up one of just four final-round birdies on the 596-yard par-5 No. 7.

After overcoming an opening-round 80, junior Austin Lancaster continued his march up the leaderboard with a final-round 74, good for a 224 overall (80-70-74) and a tie for 35th. After struggling on the front nine during the final round, the Hendersonville native carded a one-under 35 on the back nine to finish strong.

Freshman Micah Knisley (73-73-79—225; t-43rd) and sophomore Garrett Whitfield (74-77-77—228; t-64th) rounded out the tournament for the Govs. Knisley carded four birdies on the front nine, including a chirper on the par-4 at No. 9 which—after playing as one of the courses hardest holes yesterday—was third-easiest on Sunday. Whitfield closed out strong by shooting par on each of the back-nine holes.

The Govs will be back in action next week at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner in Auburn, Alabama.