By Jill Stinson/Assistant sports editor

The men’s golf team started its rally in the OVC tournament on Monday at the Country Club of Paducah. The team fired an 18-hole score of 307 in the first round of the OVC Championship and began play on Tuesday in sixth place – nine shots behind defending champion Austin Peay.As of press time, play in the tournament continued and the Colonels looked well positioned to finish in the top four.

Austin Peay’s total of 298 makes them the only team score below 300 in the first day of play, but eight teams teed off in the second round at 10 shots or fewer behind the Govs.

Drew Alexander was a bright spot for the Colonels on the first day, shooting an opening round of 70 to take the first day individual lead. Alexander’s tally is one shot better than the four players tied for second.

Josh Crutcher, who carded an 18-hole total of 76 and ended the opening day in a tie for 11th place, was Eastern’s second-highest finisher on the day.

Brandon Brown fired a 77 on Monday to finish in a tie for 18th.

Patrick Williams shot 84 on the day to finish in a tie for 51st place.

Tyler Cain shot 86 to finish 54th.

The Colonels hit the links on Tuesday and didn’t fare much better. While struggling to find their game, the Colonels shot a 310. This moved them to fourth place heading into the final round of play. Eastern trailed leader Jacksonville State by 17 shots.

Williams led the men on day two with a two-over par-74. He was able to move up 19 spots in the individual rankings.

“We didn’t start off very well, so now we just have to try to fight our way to the top,” Williams said.

Brown followed with a 76 on the day to leave him in a tie for 11th place. Crutcher shot a second round total of 78 to give him a total of 154, which was good enough for 13th place.

Alexander fell out of the top spot after posting an 82 on day two. However, his total score is good enough to keep him in seventh place, and he remained the highest placing Colonel.

Cain rounded out the Eastern scoring with a second-round score of 83, leaving him in a tie for 54th place.

“Our scores weren’t good enough today,” coach Pat Stephens said. “For a while I thought we might shoot 300, but a couple of guys didn’t finish as well as I had hoped. The wind was tough today, and it’s supposed to blow even harder tomorrow. But that could benefit us. If we can post a good score and the wind bothers some other teams, then we have a chance to move up.”