Point Loma (Calif.) posted a 306 to garner third place while Bethel (Ind.) and Oklahoma Baptist (313) are tied for the fourth position in the nine-team field.
Lee senior Courtney Shelton fired a 4-under 68 and holds a four-stroke lead over Macie Seeker of Dallas Baptist. Annika Nousianen (Point Loma) carded a 73, while Abbey Bradley (Dallas Baptist), Ashley Carrell (North Greeneville) and Erin Devries (Bethel) are deadlocked at 74.
Lee’s Bernadette Little followed Shelton with a 75. Madison Alexander was next with a 78, while Cori Burns registered an 80 to round out the Lee scores that counted in round one. Callie Kitchens added an 81.
Play was set to continue at the 5,616 yard Hombre Golf Club this morning as 51 individual golfers will be trying to help their club take home the championship title.
“I thought overall we did a good job today,” said coach John Maupin, “and most importantly we have positioned ourselves well. Courtney played a fantastic round. She really had it going. I think as a team we still have some shots we can get back. We are looking forward to doing that the next two days.”
Lee men seven strokes back
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Lee will be seven strokes behind the leader Dallas Baptist when second-round play begins in the 54-hole NCCAA Men’s National Championship today.
The Dallas team opened Monday’s play with a solid -4 round of 284 on the challenging 6,410 yard Hombre Bad/Ugly course. Surprise Southern Wesleyan holds down second place (289). The Flames were 3-over par with a 291 and are tied with Colorado Christian. Powerful Oklahoma Christian followed at 292.
Junior Hunter Vest and Shea Sylvester set the pace for the Flames with 2-under rounds of 70. They are tied for fourth in the medalist competition. Senior Matt Emery came in at 75 while Taylor Davis added a 76. Adam Wright finished at 80.
Southern Wesleyan’s Zack Moore is a key reason the Warriors are holding down second place. He tallied a sizzling 5-under 67. Johnny Antle and Kyle Beard, both representing Dallas Baptist, finished with 3-under 69s. All totaled, seven golfers, including Vest and Sylvester, are log-jammed in a tie for fourth in the large field that includes 23 teams and 91 golfers.
“What I like about today is that we really didn’t play that well, yet we are still in position to contend,” said coach John Maupin. “We made some good birdies today, but we just need to tighten up on some holes and make some better decisions. Hunter and Shea played solid to keep us in it. I think we will be ready to go in round two.”