Lee coach John Maupin is losing the best women’s golfer to ever play for his Lady Flames in graduating senior Courtney Shelton, but he is replacing her with an experienced NCAA Division II player, Cailey Nicollette Gino, who is transferring from California Baptist University.
“We are very excited to add Cailey to our program,” said Maupin. “This is one of those situations that just felt right from the beginning. Cailey had a desire to be at Lee and seemed to understand what a great university it is, and we knew as a player she would be able to help our team.”
Gino decided to transfer to Lee during the midst of a very solid freshman season at Cal Baptist. The team was ranked in the top 10 in D2 all season, and Cailey qualified for their lineup in every tournament.
“Cailey drives the ball very well, and brings some good collegiate experience to our team,” the coach explained. “I think she understands our program’s goals as we move forward, and I am looking forward to her joining us this fall.”
Gino said she decided to transfer to Lee because of the players, the team dynamic, and a great coach. She plans to major in business management at Lee.
Her best tournament finish this season was at the NCAA D1 UC-Riverside’s tournament, where she finished 14th with rounds of 75-79-74.
Gino played on her high school varsity golf team (Saddleback Valley Christian) for four years and was MVP two of those years. This past summer she won two tournaments: the Optimist International Junior Golf tournament qualifier, and the California Women's Amateur, Helen Lengfeld Flight.
“My goals are to continue to become a better player,” she noted. “I have good relationships with everyone on the team, and I want to help them reach their goals.”