MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Lee women's golf team will hold a five-stroke lead over the University of Mobile when the final round of the 36-hole Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament is played on the par 72 Wynlakes Golf and Country Club course today.
Sophomore Madison Alexander fired a 4-over 76 to pace the Lady Flames. She trails the tourney leader, Haley Mize (73), by three strokes heading into the final round. Overall, Lee carded a 321 and Mobile came in at 326. College of Coastal Georgia (330) stands in third place. Spring Hill is fourth at 340 and William Carey (347) rounds out the top five in the 10-team field.
I was really pleased with Madison’s round today," said coach John Maupin. "We really needed it. She double bogeyed the first hole, but played great golf after that."
Junior Courtney Shelton is tied for third after firing a 78. Senior Sloane Skinner is deadlocked at 10th after an 82 and freshman Bernadette Little rounded out the top four scores that counted after a round of 82. She is tied for 16th. Senior Chelsea Rakestraw posted an 88 and is tied for the 25th spot.
“Today wasn’t quite the smoothest round that we’ve planned, but I was proud of the way we battled," said Maupin. "This golf course showed its teeth at times today. I think there are a few holes that we can play better tomorrow. Tuesday is a new day and I think we learned some things today that will help us tomorrow.”
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Lee women’s golf team dominated the awards that were handed out at the annual Southern States Athletic women’s golf banquet on Sunday evening. Junior Courtney Shelton was named the player of the year; John Maupin was selected as the coach of the year; and freshman Bernadette Little garnered the newcomer of the year honor.
Senior Sloane Skinner and sophomore Madison Alexander joined Shelton and Little on the All-SSAC team. Kristin Bourg, Chelsea Rakestraw, Skinner, Shelton and Alexander are members of the SSAC Academic team.
“This was a great night for our team,” said Maupin after the banquet ended. “I am very proud of this team, and happy to see them get some good recognition for all their hard work. They are true student-athletes, and all of our players who qualified (sophomore, junior and seniors) made All-Academic; that means a lot.
“Having four players named to the all-conference team is exciting, and each of them is very deserving,” added the coach. “They have had wonderful seasons. Sloane (Skinner) is a four-time all-conference member, and I think that is a fantastic accomplishment. I’m not sure how many people can say that.
“Bernadette also kept a great streak alive, being named newcomer of the year,” Maupin noted. “She has done an excellent job of stepping up for our team.
“Lastly, I’m really happy to see Courtney (Shelton) repeat as conference player of the year. She has put together a great season, winning twice and leading the conference in scoring average. There are so many strong players in this conference, so being player of the year in back-to-back seasons is no small feat.
The Flames opened play in the SSAC tournament today. “We enjoyed last evening, but we are ready to turn our attention to the competition. Wynlakes is a great golf course, and we will need to be sharp for 36 holes,” said the coach.