On a day that featured very slow play at the Crooked Creek links, Walter State finished with a 295 total. The Flames stand at 297 as they head into their second and final round of play in the 36-hole event. Host Cumberlands is two strokes back at 299. Cumberland's Pierre Carson is the medalist leader with a 3-under par 69.
For the Flames, sophomore JB Eksteen fired an even-par 72 as the Flames opened fall play. Freshman Hunter Vest, who starred at Walker Valley High School last year, carded a 73. Matt Emery, a transfer from Middle Tennessee State University, who prepped at Baylor School, followed with a 75. Tyler Smith rounded out the top four Lee scores that counted when he tallied a 78.
"Play was slow the entire day, maybe as slow as I've ever seen it,” admitted coach John Maupin, “but that’s no excuse for the way we played. We have got to show a little more mental toughness on Friday and be more patient. I still think this is a very winnable tournament for our team.”