INDIANAPOLIS — It would be safe to say the Lee men zoomed around the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in the opening round of the annual NAIA Classic.
Matt Emery served as the pace car by posting a solid round of 70. Hunter Vest followed close behind and totaled a 72. JB Eksteen was right on Vest’s bumper with a 73 and Florian Loutre helped the Flames card a 291 total when he finished at 76.
Taylor Davis slipped to an 81 and Peyton Sliger, playing in the individual competition, tallied a strong 74.
“Today was a great round for our guys,” said Lee graduate assistant Chad Wilson. “The wind was howling for all 18 holes and everyone stepped up and dealt with it fantastically.
“Matt’s 70 featured some good playing,” added Wilson. “He maneuvered his way around the course in a way that gave him plenty of birdie opportunities.
“Hunter and JB fought hard all day and gave us two important rounds,” he pointed out. “Florian played great most of the day and just had two rough holes coming in.
“Taylor was slightly off today and we are confident that he will turn it around and give us a great round on Tuesday.”
Wilson noted that the final team and individual tourney results had not been posted.
Lady Flames 2 strokes
back at Old Hickory
Old Hickory — The Lee women’s golf team will be two strokes behind leader Belmont University when the final round of the 36-hole Big Blue Intercollegiate begins this morning. The Lady Flames opened with a 321 and Belmont University totaled a 319.
Lipscomb University (325), Lindsey Wilson College (335) and Trevecca Nazarene (336) round out the top five clubs in the tourney being hosted by Tennessee State University. The Tigers finished at 381.
Belmont’s Janet Steen is the leader of the medalist competition. She fired a 4-over 76 on the 5,954 yards, par 73 Hermitage Golf Course. Danielle Grace (77) is one stroke off the pace and Belmont’s Sydney Hudson carded a 78 and holds down third place.
Lee’s Sloane Skinner and Madison Alexander are tied for fourth after rounds of 79. Courtney Shelton (80) is tied for seventh and Bernadette Little (83) rounded out the Lee scores that counted. She is tied for 14th. Kristin Borg finished with an 88.
“It was a pretty tough day out there today,” said coach John Maupin. “The wind was quite strong and these greens can be tricky. We are happy to be in contention heading into [Tuesday], but I think we all feel like we can play better. There were some easy shots we left out there that we can get back in round two.”