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Appert Lund claims medalist honors at MTSU Tournament

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Sophomore golfer Anna Appert Lund claimed medalist honors at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational on Tuesday at the Old Fort Golf Club by firing a 70 in the final round. Morehead State finished fourth by shooting a 305 over the last 18 holes.

Middle Tennessee's tournament included 15 teams and 84 golfers. Appert Lund, who carded scores of 69 and 70 on Monday, finished with a 209 in the three-round event. The Eagles, who registered scores of 304 and 295 on the opening day, closed out with a 904.

Appert Lund, a native of Bromma, Sweden, is the reigning OVC Golfer and Freshman of the Year. Her stroke average of 72.9 currently ranks second in the league. She now has two wins, eight top-five finishes and 10 top-10 performances in two seasons at MSU.

"Congratulations to Anna on a terrific fall season," Head Coach Stephanie Barker said. "She played exceptionally well in all three rounds at Middle Tennessee. She's in terrific condition, both mentally and physically, and is playing with a lot of confidence right now."

Southern Illinois won the tournament title with an 897. Middle Tennessee was just one shot back of the winner, while Lamar was five. MSU finished ahead of Jacksonville State (907), Murray State (916), Tennessee Tech (917), Belmont (931) and Austin Peay (956).

"The top four teams were seven strokes apart, which shows how competitive this tournament was," Barker said. "I think we led the clubhouse in birdies over the past two days, but didn't convert enough pars. We will continue to work on our approach shots and putting."

Three golfers finished even or under par. The course played at a par of 72 and yardage of 6,177.

Tuesday's round closed out Morehead State's fall campaign. The Eagles are scheduled to play their first of six spring tournaments March 10-11 at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. The 54-hole event will be played at the Jacksonville Country Club.

"I really enjoyed our fall season," Barker added. "We learned a lot and made several improvements, which really helped our scores. We have a lot of talented student-athletes in this program, and they're all outstanding people. I'm just honored to be their coach."

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