TUNICA, Miss. — Paced by the consistent play of four golfers, the Lee University women's golf team will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Gulf South Conference Championship being held at the Tunica National (Miss.) Golf Club.
"I'm pleased with our round today," said coach John Maupin after Monday's play. "It was a solid effort from our team. We got off to a slow start, but rebounded well and turned in a good score.
"I thought we showed a lot of firepower out there, with eight birdies and three eagles," he proclaimed. "Obviously that means we were hitting some really good shots.
"By the same token, we also gave away a few easy shots and we'll look to get those back tomorrow. We will be playing with two great teams on Tuesday (West Florida and West Georgia). We are looking forward to the opportunity."
The Lady Flames tallied a 305 and hold a one-stroke margin over West Florida (306) and five strokes over West Georgia (310). Seven teams are taking part in the 36-hole event.
Sophomore Bernadette Little set the pace for Lee. As coach Maupin explained, she started slow on the front (41) but came in with a 34 and the 3-over par 75 total. One of the highlights of the day was an eagle by the lefty on the par 4, No. 5 hole. She holed out her second shot from some 130-yards out.
Freshman Cori Burns joined the eagle club by knocking in a 30-foot putt for a 3 on the par 5, No. 3 hole. Burns finished with a 4-over 76. Senior Courtney Shelton and junior Madison Alexander rounded out the Lee scores that counted. Each tallied a 77 on the 5,816-yard course.
The final eagle was registered by junior Callie Kitchens. She put a second shot within 10 feet of the cup and converted the putt for a 3. Kitchens finished the day with an 82.
Shorter's Pauline Schopp (71) is the leader in the medalist competition. Little is in a group of three tied for second. West Florida's Aimee Paterson and West Georgia's Lola Uribe Astolfi also came in at 75. Burns and West Florida's Camila Sevilano are deadlocked for fifth, while Shelton and Alexander are tied with three others for seventh.
Flames fourth after
Round 1 in Tunica
TUNICA, Miss. — After getting off to a slow start in an extremely fast field, the Lee men's golf team will be holding down the fourth position when the final 18 holes of the 54-hole Gulf South Conference Tournament begins Tuesday morning.
The Flames opened the first 18 of the 36 holes played on Monday at Tunica Golf and Tennis Club with a 292, which was manageable considering tourney leader Delta State opened with a 290. In fact, West Florida grabbed the early lead with a 285 and North Alabama was right behind with a 287.
Things changed in the afternoon rounds. Delta shot a blistering 278 and the 568 tally is a stroke better than second place North Alabama. The Lions posted a 282 and stand at 569. West Florida had a 289 to go with its 285 and its 574 is two strokes better than Lee. The Flames put an impressive 284 on the board during the second 18 and hold a 1-stroke lead over Christian Brothers (586). A total of 10 teams are taking part on the 6,851-yard course.
"Good second round for us today," noted coach John Maupin. "It has left us in a good spot. I'm really proud of our young guys for stepping up. They came through big time. (Freshman) Shea (Sylvester) put us on his back for a stretch today. I think we got some great momentum going in the second round, and we plan on carrying that over to the final round. Tuesday should be a fun day."
Sylvester will be in fourth place when the medalist competition begins on Tuesday. He put together a 2-under 70 during the first 18, then hit high gear with a 4-under 68 during the afternoon and stands at 6-under 138.
North Alabama's Connor Godsey (66-68 - 134) is the medalist leader. West Florida's Juan Miguel Heredia is second (71-65 - 136). Reed Lindsey of Delta State is third (71-66 - 137) and holds only a 1-stroke lead over Sylvester.
Lee got 145 scores from Hunter Vest and Taylor Davis. Vest began the day with a 71 on the opening 18, but slipped to 74 during the afternoon. Davis was more consistent, as he has been over the past few weeks, with rounds of 73-72. The twosome will begin Tuesday's play tied for 12th and looking to move up.
Adam Wright turned in the fourth tally that counted in the team event. He began slow with a 78, but rebounded on the last 18 with a 2-under 70. He's tied for 18th in the field of 50 players. Senior Matt Emery will be seeking to bounce back after his 85-74 put him at 159.