With junior Madison Alexander and Bernadette Little leading the day, the Lady Flames will be five strokes behind West Florida (296) and three strokes back of St. Leo (Fla.) heading into the final round Tuesday.
Both Alexander and Little are tied for medalist honors after posting 1-over scores of 73 on the par 72 5,816-yard Highlands Course. A pair of West Florida players, Camila Sevilano and Aimee Patterson, are tied with Alexander and Little.
“I was really pleased with what I saw from our women today,” said coach John Maupin after the opening round. “I think depth will be strength of this team, and that was backed up today as we threw out a 78, the lowest score of any team.”
Added Maupin, “This is our first true D2 event, and it’s a strong field. A 301 was a solid start from our team. We are in a good position heading into tomorrow, and I think we have some shots we can get back from today.”
A total of 17 teams and 90 individual players are taking part in the annual event. Courtney Shelton is tied for 21st (77) and is expected to move toward the top on Tuesday. Callie Kitchens and Sarah Robertson each totaled a 78.
Emery tied for 5th;
Flames stand in 8th
SEVIERVILLE — Lee golfer Matt Emery, who is coming off an outstanding showing in the U.S. Amateur earlier in the summer, fired a 2-under 70 on Monday and is tied for fifth heading into the final round of the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate.
However, Emery’s teammates struggled somewhat on the par 72 7,088-yard River Course layout and Lee holds down the eighth position in its opening tournament of the fall.
“Matt had a good round today, but we are going to need some other guys to step up tomorrow,” noted coach John Maupin. “I think this team is capable of better than what we showed today.
“We struck the ball well most of the day, but let some shots get away late,” he commented. “We need to score better on the greens. We are looking forward to the opportunity to bounce back strong on Tuesday.”
Clayton State (Ga.) is the leader in the all NCAA Division II tournament after posting an impressive 286. Queens University of Charleston (S.C.) is second at 294 and Limestone College (S.C.) is third at 295. North Georgia (296), LMU (301), Belmont Abbey (302) and Wingate (302) are the teams Lee (303) will be looking to gain ground on when play continues Tuesday morning.
Clayton Presant (68) of Limestone is the medalist leader. Michael Motz (North Georgia) Drew Alford (Lenoir-Ryne) and Keith Egan (Clayton State) each totaled a 69 and hold a one-stroke lead over Emery and LMU’s Connor Froning.
There is a huge log-jam when it comes to players totaling 76 and above. Seven golfers are tied for the 46th spot after opening with a 77. The group includes Lee’s Peyton Sliger. Just behind Sliger stand 15 more golfers, all tied at 78 and featuring Lee’s Hunter Vest, Taylor Davis and newcomer Shea Sylvester.
Eighteen teams and 96 individual golfers are in Sevierville taking part in the annual two days of competition.