Lee held a seven-stroke advantage (566-573) lead over the University of the Cumberlands going into the final 18 of the 54-hole event on Tuesday. Paced by medalist Alastair Tidcombe (71-69-67 - 207), the Patriots fired a 285 and carded a three-day total of 858 to take first place. The Flames tallied a 293 and the 859 total, one shot short of the lead.
“It was tough to swallow,” said Maupin. “It is always hard to lose a close one like this. We gave a great effort this week and had a chance to win. The kid for Cumberlands (Tidcombe, 67) just played a great round and you have to give him credit.”
Four Flames placed in the top 11. Hunter Vest, who was named to the all-tournament team, was third overall. He finished 2 under after solid rounds of 70-70-71 - 211 on the par 71, 6,700-yard Wilmington layout. Freshman Peyton Sliger refused to fade under pressure and placed tied for seventh after his rounds of 70-71-74 - 215. “Hunter had a really good tournament and was close to pulling out the win,” said Maupin. “We’re getting there. The offseason will be an important time for us.”
Matt Emery was tied for 11th as he posted scores of 73-70-75 - 218. J.B. Eksteen was also consistent from start to finish. He had rounds of 73-75-73 - 221 and tied for 22nd. Freshman Taylor Davis was Lee’s fifth man on Tuesday and totaled 77-69-80 - 226.
Lee defeated new SSAC rival College of Coastal Georgia (887) by eight strokes. The Georgia school had beaten the Flames a week earlier. “This field had five of the top 13 teams that are ranked nationally, so overall it was still a good finish,” noted Maupin.