The rising Lee University senior battled from behind for the majority of the day in the match-play competition. He finally evened the hotly-contested affair with a par at 15 and went 1-up with another par at 16 when Vernon Carr posted a bogey.
Both players tied the 17th hole, but Emery had a bogey at 18 and Carr (Popular Bluff, Mo.) rolled in a par putt to force the extra hole. The 19th hole proved to be more of the same. Emery posted a bogey and Carr added another par to advance out of the round of 64.
“What a great run Matt made this week,” said John Maupin, who is a gratified Lee golf coach. “I know this loss will sting a little bit, but it was still a great week. Matt made a lot of people proud this week, and was a great representative of our school and golf program.
“This was an experience he’ll never forget, and it’s definitely something he can draw a lot from as he gets set to begin his senior season.”
Lady Flame duo claim
Tennessee Four-Ball title
After giving back two of a three-stroke lead on the front nine Wednesday, a Lady Flame duo strung together four straight birdies after the turn to claim the Tennessee Women’s Four-Ball Championship.
Lee senior Courtney Shelton and incoming freshman Sam Burrus started their final push with a 60-foot birdie putt by Shelton from off the edge of the green on No. 11 at the Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga.
After Shelton birdied the par-3 12th, Burrus did the honors on the next two holes.
The Lee pair parred out for a 5-under par 139 total to seal a five-stroke victory over Chattanooga legend Georgia McCravey and UTC golf coach Colette Murray.
After leading McCravey and Murray by a stroke for second place after the opening round, Cleveland Country Club luminaries Maggie Scott and Linda Mullins slipped to third place with a 2-over 146.