ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The Lee men’s golf team used a combination of veteran players and newcomers to sail away with top honors in the Coastal Georgia Fall Invitational.
The 54-hole event was staged at the Sea Island Golf Club’s Retreat Course and for the second straight year the Flames were the big winners. After leading by only four strokes going into Tuesday’s round, coach John Maupin’s team posted a 285 and pulled away from host and second-place team, College of Coastal Georgia.
The 285-287-287 – 857 was a tournament record and drew high praise from Maupin. “What a great effort from our guys this week. We were really happy to pull out the victory. We knew how good the Coastal Georgia team can be on their home course. To post all three team rounds under par is really strong. Again, this was a total team effort, but it was great to see some of our young guys step up to the plate this week.”
Lee placed three players on the all-tournament team. Freshman Shea Sylvester (73-70-71 – 214) and sophomore Taylor Davis (70-72-72 – 214) finished in a tie for second. Junior Hunter Vest opened with a 75, but came firing back with back-to-back 70s and placed fourth with a 215 total. Senior Matt Emery did his part on Tuesday, posting a 72 to go along with his 72-75 and a 219.
Coastal’s Allen Bradford (69-72-68 – 209) was impressive and captured the medalist crown. All totaled the Mariners came in at 869, 12 strokes behind the Flames in the 13-team field. Lee’s fifth man, Peyton Sliger, totaled 70-77-76 – 223.
“I am proud of Shea (Sylvester) for making his first all-tournament team in only his second college event,” noted Maupin. “Hunter (Vest) was our low scorer the last two rounds, and both rounds were big. Taylor (Davis) had a great tournament, and showed what we know he is capable of. Overall, I’m just really pleased, and looking forward to the next tournament in Columbus.” The Flames will be in Columbus, Ga., for the Columbus State tournament starting on Sept. 30.
Maupin also passed along praise for his assistant, Alex Ratliff. “Alex was a huge help this week. He did a great job of keeping the guys focused, and mapping out the golf course during the practice round. I thought those two things were big for our team.”