By CRAIG HICKS
The Colonels’ men’s golf team finished its fall season with a bang. The team competed against a field full of OVC teams to place third at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate. The tournament included nine OVC teams.
The 12-team event was contested at The Links at Novadell, a par-72, 6,841-yard course.
Host Austin Peay State University captured the team title with a team score of 842, clearing second place University of Tennessee at Martin (850) by eight shots. The Colonels finished just one shot behind the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks with a 54-hole total of 851, 13 strokes under par.
Eastern began the tournament with rounds of 283 and 284 in rounds one and two respectively. The tournament finished Tuesday and Eastern ended with another 284 round.
Senior Patric Sundlof and sophomore Travis Rose each finished in a share of ninth place with 54-hole scores of 211, five strokes under par. Sundlof began the tournament with a 3-under 69. He concluded play with two rounds of 70 and 72 respectively. Rose scored under par each round. He began with two straight 2-under par 70s and finished with a 1-under par 71.
“This is a good way to end season for the team and myself,” Rose said. “Even though my putting was not as good as I would have liked it to be, I kept the ball in play and didn’t do anything too crazy out there.” Rose also stated that the win gave he and the team extra confidence heading into the spring season. “We will continue to practice and work hard not only on our weaknesses, but our strengths as well.”
Senior Taylor Riggs tied for 15th with a score of 214, 2-under par. Riggs posted the lowest single round for the Colonels with a 4-under par 68. Freshman Jared Brown tied for 25th with a score of 219, three strokes over par.
Freshman Will Sallee played as an individual and finished 23rd with a total of 217. He posted consecutive rounds of 2-under 70 Monday before shooting a 77 Tuesday.
Belmont University finished three shots behind Eastern in fourth with a total of 854. Murray State University and Tennessee Tech University placed sixth and seventh respectively, with scores of 869 and 871. Eastern Illinois finished eighth at 873, Morehead State University placed 10th at 886 and Tennessee State University finished 11th with a score of 889.
The Colonels will resume its 2014-15 schedule March 10-11 at the Grover Page Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin in Jackson, Tennessee.