West Florida made it a clean sweep of men and women’s golf by posting rounds of 306-313 - 619. West Georgia was second (310-314 - 624), followed by the Lady Flames. West Alabama was fourth (337-314 - 651) and Shorter rounded out the top five (322 -332 -654). A total of seven GSC schools took part in the two-day event.
Lee senior Courtney Shelton completed her outstanding four years of golf for the Lady Flames by firing rounds of 77-76 - 153. She finished fifth behind medalist Elin Olsson (West Florida) who shot 77-70 - 147. Shorter’s Pauline Schopp (71-77 - 148) was second, followed by Lola Uribe Astolfi of West Georgia (75-74 - 149) and Aimee Paterson of West Florida (75-77-152).
Lee’s Bernadette Little earned a sixth-place finish after her 75-79 - 154. Madison Alexander (77-83 - 160) placed in a deadlock for 11th. Callie Kitchens turned in the final score that counted for the Lady Flames on Tuesday (83) and totaled 165, good enough for a tie for 18th. Cori Burns had a 76 on Monday, but slipped to an 85 on Tuesday and her 161 placed the freshman in a tie for 14th. Both Shelton and Little were named to the all-tournament team.
“We made a solid showing in our first GSC tournament,” said coach John Maupin. “I was a little disappointed, but we didn’t handle the wind very well today. I’ve got to give West Florida credit. We have moved up to the next level and we cannot afford to leave shots out there like we did today. The competition is just too strong.”
Maupin had special praise for Shelton. “She leaves Lee as the best golfer to ever play here and she is a special person. Courtney has won medalist honors in 10 tournaments and helped our teams win 19 championships, including the NCCAA National Championship. You don’t replace that type of golfer.”
TUNICA, Miss. — The Lee men’s golf team made a solid showing in its first Gulf South Conference tournament. With freshman Shea Sylvester and senior Hunter Vest leading the way, the Flames finished fourth in the 10-team field.
West Florida, paced by medalist Juan Miguel Hereida (203), took the team title with a 54-hole total of 865, five strokes better than the 870 fired by second-place finishers North Alabama and Delta State (870).
Lee (298) posted the second best round on Tuesday at the Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club and had a 54-hole total of 874, some 17 strokes better than fifth-place finisher, West Georgia. Ten GSC schools took part in the two-day tournament on the par-72, 6851-yard layout.
While Heredia walked away with individual honors, Connor Godsey of North Alabama (204) was second and Reed Lindsey (208) of Delta State placed third. Sylvester showed the conference he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. His minus-5, 70-68-73 - 211 was strong enough for fourth place and Vest finished fifth with an even-par 71-74-71 - 216.
Sophomore Taylor Davis carded rounds of 73-72-78 - 223, good enough for 17th. Senior Matt Emery turned in the final score that counted on Tuesday (76) and ended his Lee career with a 235. Newcomer Adam Wright had an up-and-down tournament. He started with a 78, came back with a 70 during the second 18 on Monday and then slipped to an 84 on Tuesday for a 54-hole score of 232.
“Overall I think this was a solid showing for our first GSC tournament,” commented coach John Maupin. “This is really strong league and if you want to win you have to play very good golf. We just weren’t quite as sharp as we needed to be. Shea and Hunter played really well today and for the tournament.” Both earned spots on the all-tournament team.
Maupin noted the wind made the course play much tougher on Tuesday. “I hate to say goodbye to these seniors (Vest and Emery). They’ve been fantastic players for us, and carried us to new heights. I’m grateful that they came to Lee University and appreciate all their hard work. They’ve done it all ... multiple conference titles, All-Americans, and an NCCAA title is a strong legacy to leave. I’m really proud of them.”