Flames heat up, now in hunt for title
by Lee Sports Information
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Fighting back from a large deficit during Tuesday’s round, the Lee men’s golf team suddenly came alive and will hold a 1-stroke lead over three teams heading into today’s final round of the NCCAA National Championship.

“It was just a furious rally by our guys on the back nine,” said coach John Maupin. “I’m very proud of the comeback. I think I looked up at one point during the round and we were 16 back, so I was pleased to see us generate some great momentum coming in. We are excited for tomorrow. As a team we think our best is yet to come, and we are focused on doing everything we can to get the job done.”

The Flames are 2-over par for the tournament after rounds of 291-287 – 578. Dallas Baptist has rounds of 284-295 – 579. Oklahoma Christian and Colorado Christian also came in at 579, setting up what should be a great finish on Wednesday.

While the team is battling for the national honors, a pair of Flames are in the hunt for the medalist title. Junior Hunter Vest and freshman Shea Sylvester matched their first rounds of 70 and stand at 140. Zach Moore of Southern Wesleyan continues to lead after his 69. He is at 136. Sam Johnson of Oklahoma Christian had a fine 67 and is listed at 140, tied with the two Flames for second.

All five Flames improved their scores on Tuesday. Matt Emery had a 73 and came in at 148. Taylor Davis carded a 74 and is at 150. Adam Wright matched Davis’ 70 and takes a 154 into the final round.

Shelton on fire

at the beach

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — With senior All-American Courtney Shelton leading the way, the Lee women’s golf team is in a deadlock with Dallas Baptist heading into the final round of the NCCAA Women’s Championship on Wednesday.

Shelton has been on fire as she blazed around the Hombre course on Monday (68), and then again on Tuesday (69). She is 7-under (137) after 36 holes and has a nine-shot advantage over Macie Seeker (146) of Dallas Baptist in the race for the medalist crown.

Sophomore Bernadette Little (147) is tied with Audrey Meisch (Oklahoma Christian) and Cassidy Scantland (Campbellsville) for third place. Little carded an even-par 72 on Tuesday after garnering a 75 on Monday.

Junior Madison Alexander (153) is in a five-way tie for 13th. She had a 78 after first-round play and improved by three strokes on Tuesday (75). She is deadlock with a former Lady Flame, Geandra Almeida, who is currently a member of the Bethel (Ind.) squad.

Cori Burns stands at 80-79 - 159 to round out the scores that counted after day two, while Callie Kitchens came in with an 80-81 - 161.

The battle for the championship seems to be between Lee and Dallas Baptist, with each posting a 36-hole total of 596. After a 301 on Monday, the Lady Flames fought back with a 295 on Tuesday while Dallas Baptist had two rounds of 298. Oklahoma Christian (615), Point Loma (618) and Shorter (620) round out the top five teams heading into the final 18 of the 54-hole event on Wednesday.

“Our team worked so hard today,” said coach John Maupin. “We fought for every shot, and that’s what I really liked about today. We also closed the round out well, and that was a key to putting us in this position. Courtney (Shelton) continued her outstanding play and Bernadette (Little) and Madison (Alexander) also played very good rounds. This team is in a good mindset for tomorrow. We are focused on playing our game, one shot at a time, and fighting for every shot all the way to the end.”