However, he would have liked for all five scores to be lower.
All five Lee players, Courtney Shelton, Bernadette Little, Madison Alexander, Cori Burns and Callie Kitchens, finished with identical scores of 81. With only four scores counting in the team totals, the Lady Flames stand at 324 and hold a two-stroke lead over North Georgia (326) heading into the final round on Tuesday.
Shorter University (328), Trevecca Nazarene (337) and Tennessee Wesleyan (348) round out the top five teams in the nine-team field.
In the individual competition, Pauline Schopp of Shorter is the leader. She carded a 1-over 73 on the Cleveland Country Club course. Trevecca’s Alexa Rippy and Carrilee Heirs of North Georgia are tied for second at 77. Casey Truelove (79), also from North Georgia, is all alone in fourth.
Three are tied for the fifth spot, including Lee’s Sarah Robertson, who finished at 80, along with Shorter’s Carolin Westerburg and King College’s Elizabeth Swallow.
“The course is in great shape, but it’s playing very firm and fast,” said Maupin after round one. “I don’t think we did a great job of adjusting to that today. I thought our effort was good, but we have to do a better job of saving shots around the greens and eliminating silly mistakes.
“I think coming in (to this tournament) it was easy to expect this week to be a mental battle for our team. We definitely saw some things today that we can make better for tomorrow. We are looking forward to coming back strong in round two.”
The ladies will be back on the Country Club course early Tuesday morning for a shotgun start.