Host SCAD-Savannah took top honors in the SCAD Spring Invitational with a final total of 615. Lander (S.C.), a NCAA Division II school, took second with a 618. Coastal Georgia (636) was fourth and Northwood University (Fla.) with a 645 rounded out the top five in the 14-team event.
Teresa Hemani (Lander) captured the medalist crown with a 71-74 - 145. Lee’s Courtney Shelton was second at 73-74 - 147 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Sloane Skinner tied for seventh with a 78-78 - 156 and next came sophomore Madison Alexander. After an 82 on Monday, she battled back with a 77 and her 159 allowed the second-year player a 15th-place finish.
Freshman Bernadette Little had a 78 in the opening round but slipped to an 82 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 16th at 160. Chelsa Rakestraw rounded out the Lee scoring with an 87-87 - 174.
“We started today (Tuesday) with a great chance to win the golf tournament and things were close all day,” said Maupin. “We just left a few shots out there, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
“I thought it was a very good start to the spring, especially considering it’s February,” he added. “We also came away with some great things to work on moving forward. SCAD is currently ranked No. 2 in the country and finished runner up at the (NAIA) National Tournament last year, and they have a great team. This will be great experience for us down the road.”