Freshman Taylor Davis posted a 4-under 68 and helped the Lee men’s golf team record a 2-over par total of 288, edging ahead of the University of the Cumberlands (290) and Coastal Georgia (294) heading into the final 18 holes on Tuesday in the Lee Spring Invitational being hosted by the Cleveland Country Club.
“We are in for a dogfight with some great teams tomorrow, and I know our guys are looking forward to it,” said coach John Maupin.
While Davis is battling at least eight other golfers for medalist honors in the field of 14 teams and 78 overall players, Hunter Vest and JB Eksteen carded 1-over 73s and Peyton Sigler finished at 2-over 74. Matt Emery tallied a 75. Maupin used four other players in the individual competition. Florian Loutre finished with a 74, Tyler Smith 77, Scott Murray 81 and Zack Lawson 83.
Lindsey-Wilson (300), Tennessee Wesleyan (301) and Trevecca Nazarene (308) rounded out the top six in the team standings.
Davis is one stroke ahead of Cumberlands’ Matt Walton (69). Coastal’s Dylan Freeman and Trevecca’s Logan Martin are tied for third (70). Cumberlands’ Niclas Rigbrandt (71) holds down fifth place. All totaled eight golfers shot par or better and all are in the hunt for medalist honors.
“I was really pleased with our round today,” said Maupin after the long first day ended. “I thought the guys came out very focused and prepared today, which was great to see.”
He added, “The consistency of our scores was great. I love having five guys in play all day. Taylor (Davis) stepped up again, and gave us a great round. He struck the ball very well today, and I was proud to see him come through like that.”
Lady Flames in the
lead at Shorter
ROME, Ga. — With Courtney Shelton (73) and Madison Alexander (74) leading the way, the Lee women’s golf team held a 5-shot lead over Shorter College heading into today’s final 18 holes at Coosa Country Club.
The Lady Flames are the tournament’s defending champion and fired an opening round 305 on Monday in the Rome News-Tribune Invitational. Shorter and the University of the Cumberlands posted rounds of 310. Cumberland (Tenn.) University is in fourth place (317) and Lindsey-Wilson (323) rounds out the top five in the 12-team field.
While Shelton and Alexander were tops for the Lady Flames, Sloane Skinner followed at 78. Bernadette Little (80) rounded out the Lee scores that counted. Kristin Bourg followed at 82 and Chelsea Rakestraw, playing in the individual competition, came in with an 84.
Shelton is followed closely in the hunt for the medalist title by Alexander and Lindsey-Wilson’s Kelsey Joslyn; both totaled 73s. Cumberland’s Allyson is fourth at 75 and the University of the Cumberlands’ Laura Beth Harris and the Cumberland’s Katie Legge are tied for the fifth spot at 76.
“The team did a good job today,” said Lee assistant coach Chad Wilson. “Each player had a stretch of holes where they played some solid golf.
“However, we did leave a lot of shots out there on the greens and didn’t execute a few short birdie opportunities,” he pointed out. “We have a 5-shot lead and will be focused on playing each hole one at a time, and leave the worrying to the other teams. Rain is in the forecast, but that should only help us due to rough weather we have been playing and practicing in all semester.”