Lee linksters post strong showings

Posted 3/13/19

WINDERMERE, Fla. — Thanks to three top 25 individual efforts, the No. 22 Lee women's golf team finished tied for fifth at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational at the Golden Bear Club at Keene's Pointe …

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Lee linksters post strong showings


WINDERMERE, Fla. — Thanks to three top 25 individual efforts, the No. 22 Lee women's golf team finished tied for fifth at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational at the Golden Bear Club at Keene's Pointe Tuesday.

The Lady Flames shot a final round 296 to make up ground on the field. Lee finished the 54-hole tournament at 905.

Junior Haverly Harrold rebounded from an opening round 78 to go 2-under par with  70 and 71 in her final two rounds to finish sixth. Junior Annika Gino was solid all tournament with rounds of 75, 73 and 75. Freshman Emily Felix posted her best collegiate round with a 1-under 71 and placed tied for 22nd.

"Today played tougher than rounds one and two and were able to put together a really good round. I was proud of the way we fought the entire day. We climbed the leaderboard and beat some really good teams," said Lee assistant coach Bernadette Little. "Haverly bounced back and had two big rounds for us. Annika was very solid for us every round. It's always great to see a player break through and that's what Emily did today. She shot her first under par round of her collegiate career and it was fun to see. I was very proud of the effort today."

Florida Tech ran away with the team title after firing a final round 278 for an 868 total. Lynn placed second at 882. Saint Leo followed in third at 898 while Limestone placed fourth with a 902. Florida Southern tied for fifth with the Lady Flames at 905.

Florida Tech's Noelle Beijer over took Tampa's Kira Rihijarvi by one for the medalist title with a final round five-under par 67.

The Lady Flames will get right back to work in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville Sunday.

Flames 10th

in Valdosta

VALDOSTA, Ga. — The Lee men's golf team finished 10th at the 2019 Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State University Tuesday.

The Flames shot rounds of 294, 287 and 298 for an 879 total over the three-day 54-hole tournament from the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.

"We really played some good golf the first two rounds. If we could have finished each round a little better than we would have been right in contention thru 36 holes," said Lee head coach John Maupin. "A real positive was that we led the field in birdies through two rounds, it just shows we are hitting a lot of good shots. Today we just didn't execute as well as we had the first two days but I was proud of how we hung in there on the back nine."

Evan Spence led Lee with a 216 total and placed tied for 19th. Freshman Dustin DeMersseman followed with a two-over par 218 and ended tied for 28th. Dylan Lillard and Scott Odell rounded out the top four scores with a 224 total and were tied for 50th.

"Evan had a very good tournament, very pleased with how he played and he just continues to improve," noted Maupin. "I thought Dustin also gave us a good lift this week and really showed up ready to compete each day. I know 10thdoesn't sound like a great finish, and it's certainly not our goal but the reality is this was such as strong field we actually finished a couple of spots better than the ranking projection, which means we should move up a few spots nationally."

Barry, the No.1 team in the country, won the tournament with an 848. No. 9 Nova Southeastern placed second with an 857 behind medalist winner Juan Jose Guerra's sizzling 17-under par 199 finish. Lee finished ahead of fourth-ranked Florida Southern and No. 17 Limestone.

"I really feel good about what our guys are doing. I think as the season goes you're going to see us play some great team golf," Maupin concluded.

The Flames will return to the links in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate along with the Lady Flames.


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