HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Led by a top-five finish from sophomore Emily Felix, the No. 14 Lee University women's golf team placed fourth at the Golfweek NCAA D II Fall Invitational on Tuesday, at the Las Colinas Course.
Felix fired rounds of 75 and 74 to finish tied for fifth. Senior Haverly Harrold followed, tied at 13th after an even-par 72 in the final round to pair with a 79 on Monday. As a team the Lady Flames shot 307-299 — 606.
"Solid finish for our team this week. It's always crazy how close it can end up being as we were just eight shots from the win, and that line is so thin," said head coach John Maupin. "This was a strong field, and I don't think there's any doubt we are as good as anyone that's here. I don't think we've clicked on all cylinders yet, but we're close. Today especially I felt like we came out and really competed well.
"It was really nice to see Emily lead us with a top-five finish — she's been working hard, and is a really strong player," the coach noted. "It's good to see her in the hunt. We got three strong rounds today from Haverly, Yui (Supuschaya Srinchantamit), and Emily, those were definitely good out there today."
Srinchantamit and Carson McKie tied with a 153 total and finished 19th, while Annika Gino rounded out the scoring with an 83, 84.
No. 8 Saint Leo took home the team title as it edged top-ranked Dallas Baptist by a stroke, 598-599. No. 15 Florida Southern followed right behind with a 600 in third, six shots ahead of the Lady Flames. The talented field featured seven teams ranked in the latest WGCA Top 25 poll.
The Lions' Francesca Santoni took home medalist honors with a 4-under 68 on Monday and even par 72 Tuesday for a 140 total. Amanda Gartrell (Florida Southern) finished second, six strokes back at 146.
"We'll come back and break this one down a little bit and get ready for a quick turnaround to North Georgia," concluded Maupin.
The Lady Flames will get right back to work on Monday as they take part in the Lee Ann Noble Memorial from Dahlonega, Ga. Lee won the event in 2017.
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — No. 17 Lee University men’s golf team continued its quality play this fall with a second place finish at the Golfweek NCAA D II Invitational on Tuesday.
Rain shortened the tournament to just 36 holes and once again it was freshman Beck Burnette leading the charge for the Flames. Burnette had an opening round 3-under 69 and final round even-par 72 for a 141 total and third place finish. Senior Evan Spence tied for sixth with a 70-75 — 145 and sophomore Connor Pollman followed right behind at 72-74 — 146 and tied for ninth.
“Another really strong finish from our guys this week. I felt like we really separated ourselves from a lot of teams and did a good job of getting in contention. We had one too many mistakes today to catch Barry, but I thought we stayed focused after a couple of miscues and still posted a respectable round,” said head coach John Maupin.
No. 4 Barry took home the team title with a 567 total while the Flames finished 11 shots back at 578. No. 18 Cal State Monterey Bay (597), Regis (598) and Texas A&M International (602) rounded out the top five.
Dylan Lillard carded a 75 on Monday and an even par 72 on Tuesday and tied for 14th for the Flames. Scott Odell followed with a 77-74-151.
“We get a little closer each time out to being where we want to be. We’ve got a lineup of guys capable of scoring low, so we’re always looking to see who’s gonna step up for us. Beck had another good showing this week. He got off to good starts both days, and I thought that was a big key for him, he also played with a lot of maturity throughout the tournament,” added Maupin. “The first round Evan and Connor had really strong finishes to their round, and I loved to see that. I think we’ve got a tough group of guys, we just need to keep working and striving for more.”
A.J. Ewart (Barry) fired consecutive rounds of 4-under par 68 to win the individual title. Elis Svard (Cal State Monterey Bay) was second at 140, four shots back while Burnette’s 141 was third.
The Flames will take a week off before closing out the fall in Carrollton, Ga., at the Matt Dyas Invitational hosted by West Georgia on Oct. 20.