MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Host North Alabama battled from behind to overtake Missouri-St. Louis and win the Jim Bishop Toyota Classic on Tuesday at the RTJ Fighting Joe Course.
The Lions finished the 54-hole event with a 910 total. Missouri-St. Louis finished four strokes back at 914, while Arkansas Tech was third (915) followed by Central Missouri (917) and Henderson State rounded out the top five with a 920.
The Flames struggled in all three rounds and settled for an 11th place finish after a 317 on Tuesday gave coach John Maupin’s team a 54-hole total of 943.
“This is the most we have struggled at a tournament in quite some time,” said Maupin. “Golf can definitely be a humbling game at times. We’ve got to do a better job of being ready to play and focusing on the correct things during our rounds. I think we have gotten a little bit off track.”
Trent Alexander (218) of North Alabama finished one stroke ahead of Alex Mahlik (219) of Arkansas Tech. Gil Debusscher of Henderson State (222) was third, while Rowdy Garrett of Arkansas Tech, Colby Yates of Missouri-St. Louis and Travis Mays of Central Missouri tied for the fourth spot (225).
Lee’s best score came from Taylor Davis, who posted 75-77-79 -231. Shea Sylvester followed with a 77-82-75 -234. Adam Wright finished at 80-77-82 -239, while Hunter Vest turned in an 82-76-83 -241. Matt Emery rounded out the Lee scoring with an 83-83-81 -247.
“I still have a lot of faith in this team and I believe we can bounce back in a big way and finish strong,” admitted Maupin. “Hopefully, our guys feel the same way.”
The Flames will return to action on April 7 when they travel to Loudon and take part in the Tennessee River Rumble at the Tennessee National Golf Club.