Four Lady Flames scored in the 70s in posting a team score of 314 on Tuesday. Lee tallied a 321 on Monday and the final 635 total was two strokes better than the 637 turned in by Lipscomb and six strokes better than Belmont’s 641 team score. Lindsey Wilson paced fourth (654), Trevecca Nazarene fifth (669) and the host Tennessee State came in with a 749.
“Today was a great first for the women’s golf program,” said coach John Maupin. “Anytime you can outright win a (NCAA) Division I event I think that’s a great accomplishment. There were four other women’s golf programs from the state of Tennessee represented, so to come out on top is a good feeling for our team.”
Bernadette Little and Kristin Bourg stepped up to help the Lady Flames pull out the win. Both had a 78 on Tuesday. “We got a huge round from Kristin today. It’s really good to see a senior come through like that,” the coach pointed out. Sloane Skinner (79-79 - 158) placed sixth in the individual competition. Courtney Shelton (80-79 - 159) followed close behind and tied for seventh overall with teammate Madison Alexander ( 79-80 - 159).
“I was really proud of all the girls today because it was one of those tournaments where no one played their best, but they still battled for every shot. With a two-shot victory, that turned out to be crucial,” Maupin noted.
Janet Steen of Belmont (76-76 - 152) was the medalist winner. Kaitlin Karnes of Lindsey Wilson (82-71 - 153) was second and Danielle Grace of Lipscomb was third (77-77 - 154.).
The Lady Flames will be in Montgomery, Ala., next week and will be going after the Southern States Athletic Conference title.
Flames 4th at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS — Coach John Maupin had hoped his Lee men’s golf team could post a first-place finish in a major golf tournament before heading into the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament.
After firing a 291 and leading after the first round of the NAIA Classic at the Brickyard Crossing, the Flames slipped to a 310 on Tuesday and had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the 18-team event with a 590 36-hole total.
“Today was disappointing for our team,” said Maupin. “We had a great opportunity, but just didn’t play the way we are capable of. We really don’t have time to dwell on today, though. We will get back to work the next few days before heading to the conference championship this weekend.”
Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) claimed the championship by putting together scores of 298, 291 - 589. Grand View (Iowa) was second (292, 298 - 590) and the University of the Cumberlands finished ahead of the Flames by posting a 293, 300 - 593.
Our Lady of the Lake also grabbed the medalist title when Aaron Flores put together rounds of 73, 67 and finished with a 4-under 140. Lee’s top performance came from JB Eksteen, who had a 73, 75 - 148. After a sparkling 70 on Monday, Matt Emery slipped to 79 on Tuesday and tied for 11th with a 149.
Freshman Forian Loutre tied for 17th in the field of 90 golfers with a 76, 75 - 151. Hunter Vest tied for 27th after his 72, 81 - 153. Peyton Sliger, playing only in the individual competition also had a 153 after rounds of 74, 79. Taylor Davis had back-to-back 81s and totaled 162.