LOUDON — The Lee men’s golf team will have to make up 12 strokes if it hopes to catch North Greenville when the final 18 holes of the Tennessee River Rumble Intercollegiate are played Tuesday on the Tennessee National Golf Course.
“The conditions were challenging at times today, but I thought we played well from tee to green most of the day,” said coach John Maupin. “On the front I really felt like we put ourselves in good position, we just didn’t convert any putts. That changed a little on the back, and I thought for the first time we were able to get a little bit of momentum going.”
North Greenville shot a sizzling 2-under 286 on Monday while the Flames had to settle for a 10-over par 298. Host Lincoln Memorial is in third (303) while Walters State (304) and Brevard (305) round out the top five in the 10-team tournament.
Josh O’Neal and Mac Bradley set the pace for North Greenville. The twosome are tied for medalist honors after posting first-round scores of 4-under 68. David Donovan of Lenoir-Rhyne is third (72) while the Flames had four players shoot 73. Taylor Davis, Hunter Vest, Matt Emery and Adam Wright are deadlocked with Logan Martin of Trevecca and Tucker MacDonald of North Greenville for the fourth position. Wright is playing in the individual competition and his score does not count in the team totals. Shea Sylvester (79) and Peyton Sliger (79) represented Lee in the team standings.
“Matt, Hunter and Taylor really did some good things on the back side and they showed a lot of fight,” Maupin added. “Also, Adam Wright played well today. It was good to see him step up with a good number. He is certainly capable.”
The Flames actually had four players, including Wright, competing in the individual competition. Matt Stube fired a 79. Zack Lawson posted an 85 and Scott Murray finished with an 87.
The Tennessee National course is a par-72 layout, and plays at 7,163 yards. Play was delayed early Monday, but the action is slated to begin on time Tuesday morning. “We will just try to go out tomorrow and get off to a good start, and then carry it throughout the day.”