Men’s Golf Set for OVC Championship

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Men’s Golf Set for OVC Championship

EKU has placed in the top four at the Conference Championship 38 times in the last 42 events.

Live score | The pairings of the first round

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama –

The men’s golf team will begin playing Sunday at the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Championship, which will take place over three days at The Shoals on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

EKU has placed in the top four at the Conference Championship 38 times in the last 42 events. The 12 Eastern Kentucky Championships are the highest of any current OVC member. No other current member of the league has more than eight titles.

The OVC Championship will be played on the Fighting Joe course. The course will be played at 7,258 yards with a par of 72. The OVC Championship has been held seven times at The Shoals (2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). The event did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Eastern Kentucky will begin the start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. EKU will be paired with Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech for the first round.

The Colonels finished in the top 10 in four of their six tournaments, including a season-best tie of the season for sixth at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in March. EKU has a team scoring average of 299.2 this season.

The five participating colonels are seniors Billy Basham and Andreas Nielsen, juniors Willis Gaer and Markus Lindgren and first year student Pablo Carrascosa Vivas. The alternative is Cade Burdette.

Basham leads the team with an average of 74.53 strokes. His best result was a tie for fourth at the LaTour Intercollegiate. His best 54-hole total of the season, 220, came to Rutherford Intercollegiate last week.

Nielson is averaging 75.71 strokes and tied for ninth at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate.

Gaer comes in second on the team with an average of 75.24 strokes. Lindgren is averaging 77.71 strokes. Carrascosa is averaging 76.12 and is coming off his best three-round scoring of the season, shooting 223 in each of the last two tournaments.

The Shoals is home to two 18-hole championship courses and sits between the Wheeler and Wilson Dams on the Tennessee River. The Shoals Fighting Joe course was the first Trail course to cover 8,000 meters. Travel + Leisure Golf named Fighting Joe one of the best new courses in 2004.

The 10 participating teams are Austin Peay, Belmont, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murray State, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee-Martin.

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