WILMINGTON Island, Ga. — Playing its best golf of the fall season, the Lee men’s golf team fired rounds of 286-280 — 566 in the Wilmington NAIA Intercollegiate being hosted by SCAD-Savannah.
The Flames played 36 holes on the par 71 Wilmington Island Golf Club and were 2-under. A couple of the younger Lee players led the way. Sophomore Hunter Vest was consistent all day, posting two rounds of 70 (140). Freshman Peyton Sliger was right behind. He opened with a 70 and closed with a 71 (141).
Vest will be tied for fourth place when play begins on Tuesday, while Sliger is tied for sixth. Alan Bradford (College of Coastal Georgia) is the tournament leader with a pair of 68s (136).
“Peyton gave us a great lift from the No. 5 spot today,” Maupin noted. “This is our lowest two rounds of the year, so obviously that is a good sign. “We need to play just as well tomorrow and finish this thing off.”
Matt Emery started with a 73 and then carded a 70. His 1-over 143 is good enough for a tie for 12th. Another freshman, Taylor Davis, rounded out Lee’s top four scorers. Davis started slow with a 77 but improved by eight strokes during the final round and his plus-4 (146) leaves him in a tie for 20th. JB Eksteen had rounds of 73-75 (148).
“This is a strong field and I’m glad to see us get off to a good start,” he added. In team competition, the Flames hold a six-stroke advantage over Coastal Georgia (572). The University of the Cumberlands (573), Johnson & Wales (Fla.) (575) and Northwood (Fla.) (579) rounded out the top five in the 13-team field.