MOBILE, Ala. – The No. 20 Lee women's golf team opened up their title defense at the Gulf South Conference Championship in first play after round one on Sunday from the beautiful Magnolia Grove …
MOBILE, Ala. – The No. 20 Lee women's golf team opened up their title defense at the Gulf South Conference Championship in first play after round one on Sunday from the beautiful Magnolia Grove Golf Course.
The Lady Flames shot a 310 and are six strokes ahead of No. 29 West Florida. Montevallo is right behind the Argonauts in third (317) followed by West Georgia (327). Union rounds out the top five with a 330.
Junior Haverly Harrold led the charge for the Lady Flames with a 1-over par 72 and is the leader in the clubhouse, a full four strokes ahead of teammate Judianne Speach (76) and West Florida's Solange Gomez for medalist honors.
Windy conditions made scoring tough for the competitors on the 5,806-yard course.
"Haverly stepped up and Judianne has been working really hard and she stepped up and some others that are really close and just need to maintain some mental toughness. Every shot is important and you can only play the shot your on. Conditions were tough with the wind but we just need to stay with our routine and stay in the present and we will be fine," said Lee head coach John Maupin.
Freshman Emily Felix followed with an 80 and is tied for 12th. Felix carded a solid a 2-over 37 on the front but ran into some trouble coming in. Freshman Carson McKie posted the fourth and final counting score with an 82 while junior Anniko Gino shot an 85.
The Lady Flames won the 2018 GSC Crown, the program's first title, by a record 39 strokes.
The second round of the 54-hole championship teed off this morning.
Flames in 3rd
MOBILE, Ala. – Scott Odell recorded five birdies and posted an opening round 71 to help the No. 25 Lee men's golf team shoot a 297 in round one of the GSC Championship on a sun-splashed Sunday.
The Flames sit in third place nine shots off the pace of front-runner No. 3 West Florida (288) and one back of second place Valdosta State (296). Lurking just one shot behind Lee is Union with a 10-over 298 and West Georgia and Mississippi College at 299.
"In postseason play you want your best players to play well and we saw that today," said Lee head coach John Maupin. "We got solid rounds from Scott and Evan (Spence) and have some others players that I believe will step up for us as the tournament moves on. We still have a lot of golf left and I believe we have the ability to put it altogether over the next 36 holes."
Odell sits in four place at 1-under par while Spence fired in four birdies and shot an opening round even par 72 to finish the opening round tied for fifth. Parker Gray and Dustin DeMersseman followed with a six-over 78 and are tied for 33rd.
West Florida's Jacob Huizina ends day one in first place with a 4-under 68. Delta State's Zach Zediker and Union's Jordan Botwinck followed with a 2-under 70. Christan Bosso (West Florida), Seth Forshee (Miss. College) and Alejandro Restrepo (West Florida) are tied for fifth with an even par 72.
The Flames looked to make up some strokes on the Argonauts as they teed off for round two this morning.
Follow @LeeUFlames and @LeeUGolf for live in-round updates and post-round interviews from the GSC Championship.
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