LINCOLN, Neb. — As expected, the Lee University women’s golf team came battling back in round three of the NAIA National Championships on Thursday, climbing the leaderboard from a tie for 14th to ninth place heading into today’s final round.
Four Lady Flames fired in the 70s on the Wilderness Ridge links. Bernadette Little fought back from an 82 on Wednesday with a 77 and stands at 234 heading into the final 18 of the 72-hole event on Friday.
Courtney Shelton also posted a 77 and is at 236. Senior Sloane Skinner came back with a 78 and is one shot back of Shelton at 237. Sophomore Madison Alexander moved into the 70s (79) for the first time and has a 246 total. The biggest improvement of the day came from Chelsea Rakestraw, who scored an 80.
"Today was definitely our best day to this point,” pointed out coach John Maupin. This is an encouraging sign, because we talk a lot about getting stronger as the tournament gets longer."
Maupin noted that he was particularly pleased with how his team closed the third round, playing No. 18 at -3. “I think this round will help us get in closer position to where we want to finish. We will need just as good an effort tomorrow. There are still a few shots out there we can save. Overall today was a very positive round and we'll build on that for tomorrow.”
Earlier in the day seniors Skinner, Rakestraw and Kristin Bourg, joined junior Shelton on the NAIA All-Scholar Athlete team.
“I'm very proud of these four student-athletes,” said Maupin. “They take great pride in their academics and it shows. They have to deal with a hectic golf schedule, so it takes a lot of work and discipline to excel in the classroom. Also, I think it says a lot that each of our players that was eligible for this award (junior or higher) received it.”