Korte advances to NCAA championships in Atlanta
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Metropolis native and Austin Peay State University senior Dustin Korte apparently took a liking to the Arizona heat and particularly to Tempe’s Karsten Course.

Korte fired a six-under par, three-day total of 204 to claim eighth place individually.

While Korte’s continued torrid play was not enough to propel the Governors to the next level, it served him well.

UCLA, Georgia, Central Florida, Texas A&M and host school Arizona State were the five that made it through to the NCAA championship held this year in Atlanta.

Peay’s seventh-place tie with Duke was, however, the school’s best finish ever in NCAA tournament play.

It marked the second time this season that the Govs beat Vanderbilt and their seventh-place finish also put them ahead of two more ACC schools in North Carolina and Clemson.

Korte was unaware that the NCAA sends five teams from regionals plus the lowest scoring individual whose team did not qualify to move on.

Korte said his teammate Anthony Bradley pointed that out to him Friday night before Saturday’s final round.

Ironically, Korte was tied with fellow Governor Marco Iten for the individual spot. Iten slipped in his final round with a two-over 72 while Korte continued to play well with a one-under 69 earning him the right to advance.

Korte commented on his status as an individual, “I didn’t come here as an individual, we came here as a team. I’m disappointed that my teammates aren’t going on [to Atlanta]. It really hasn’t hit me that I’m going- I didn’t know anything about it until last night. But I will do the best I can to represent these guys.”

Korte becomes the first Governor to qualify for the NCAA championship under the current regional tourney format.

The late Craig Rudolph, an APSU Hall of Famer, earned an NCAA invite back in 1987 under the existing format at the time.

Korte joins current PGA Tour member Scott Stallings (Tennessee Tech, 2006) in representing the OVC in the Championship.

The national championship is scheduled at Atlanta’s Capital City Club/Crabapple Course, beginning May 28 through June 2.

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