Coach John Maupin’s young squad fired a team score of 325 on Sunday afternoon at the Highland Park Golf Club (Alabama’s oldest course) and will be 29 strokes behind the leader, Columbus State (Ga.) going into the finale. The leader carded an impressive 296 on the par 70 layout. Host Birmingham Southern was one stroke off the pace at 297, while Shorter College (302), Montevallo, Jackson State, West Georgia and Spring Hill were all leading the eighth-place Lady Flames after day one.
Sloane Skinner (79) was Lee’s best. She is tied for 19th. Geandra Almeida (80) is tied for 24th, while Kristin Bourg followed with an 82 and is in a tie for 37th. Next came Courtney Shelton (84) who is tied for 48th. Amanda DeJiacomo finished with an 89 and is in 68th place. Chelsea Rakestraw is playing as an individual in the tournament and came in with a 95.
“We did not get off to a very good start,” said coach Maupin. “This is a par 70 layout and we are capable of shooting a better round. Right now we are shooting for a fourth place finish and we are trying to get the squad ready for the spring. Going up against these real good teams is a good learning experience.”