The ties between Massac County and Austin Peay State University (APSU) grew a little stronger last week when Dustin Korte accepted the interim position of head golf coach upon the resignation of Kirk Kayden.
APSU athletics director Derek van der Merwe released this statement last week: “We are pleased to announce the interim appointment of Dustin Korte as our men’s golf coach. Dustin is an outstanding individual who knows this program and understands its great legacy of success. In the coming weeks, we will begin the national search process of finding the new head coach for Austin Peay.”
Korte, who turned pro in late 2013, spent much of last fall assisting Kayden with APSU’s Governors. He even got a little taste of the head coach responsibilities when he took a partial squad of APSU golfers to a match in at the University of Tennessee-Martin last October while Kayden had his starters in Ohio.
“It was a great experience and a good time and things went well, but it’s a little different scenario now — there’s a lot more on the plate,” Korte said. “Anyone can take a bunch of guys an hour or so away and get them right back. It’s a whole different feeling starting with the paperwork and going beginning to end, making sure everything is done the right way.”
Korte was somewhat of a slow starter at APSU, but came on like gang-busters in his senior year helping the Govs to the OVC championship and a record six tournament wins. He led his team to a school record seventh place finish in the Tempe Regional. His six under par individual score earned him a spot in the National Championships as an unattached individual. He was named to the OVC All Conference team as well as the Ping Southeast Regional Division One team.
One interesting note at this juncture is that Korte was a teammate of three of the Govs’ four returning starters and he spent last fall working extensively with sophomore Erik Hedberg.
The opportunity is somewhat bittersweet for Korte, who matured and grew under Kayden’s guidance. Kayden resigned to accept the same position at Mercer University.
“Coach really helped me out while I was here and just did a great job with the program,” Korte said. “But he had an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up. He’s still helping me and told me to call him anytime I have any questions.”
Korte joins fellow Massac Countian Sara Burkhead Hobson as head coaches at APSU. Hobson is the girls’ head golf coach.