SALEM, Ore. — A 2-under round of 70 by Matt Emery and an even-par 72 by freshman Peyton Sliger helped advance Lee into 10th place going into the final round of the 72-hole NAIA Men’s National Golf Championship.
“Matt played a very good round today and so did Peyton,” said coach John Maupin. “Overall, we did a lot of good things and this was definitely our strongest round so far.”
The Flames finished Thursday’s round at 292 and will take an 896 total into Friday’s play at the Creekside Golf Club. Oklahoma City is in command of the top spot (857). Texas Wesleyan (873), Cal State-San Marcos (879), Johnson & Wales (881) and Grand View (882) round out the top five clubs.
Aaron Flories of Our Ladies of the Lakes and Oklahoma City’s Sondre Ronold are tied for first place in the battle for medalist honors at 212. Emery moved up the ladder to the 12th spot with his 218, while Sliger jumped to 52nd and stands at 228.
Lee’s J.B. Eksteen and Hunter Vest are tied for the 41st position in the field of 154 golfers and 28 teams. Eksteen posted a 74 on Thursday and Vest tallied a 76.
“We’ve moved up each day and hopefully we are not finished,” Maupin added. “We are going to need everyone tomorrow though, and we are looking forward to the final round.”