Lee Golf Finishes Second At Wilmington Island Intercollegiate
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Lee's Hunter Vest placed 3rd place in Wilmington Island, GA.
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WILMINGTON ISLAND, Ga. - Coach John Maupin and his Lee men's golf team will have a few months to work extra hard and get ready for the spring season, but in the meantime the Flames will have to deal with a disappointing second-place finish in the Wilmington Island Intercollegiate.
Lee held a seven-stroke advantage (566-573) lead over the University of the Cumberlands going into the final 18 of the 54-hole event on Tuesday. Paced by medalist Alastair Tidcombe (71-69-67 - 207), the Patriots fired a 285 and carded a three day total of 858 to take first-place honors. The Flames tallied a 293 and the 859 total, one shot short of the lead.
"It was tough to swallow," said Maupin. "It is always hard to lose a close one like this. We gave a great effort this week and had a chance to win, The kid for Cumberlands (Tidcombe, 67) just played a great round and you have to give him credit."
Four Flames placed in the top 11. Hunter Vest, who was named to the all-tournament team, was third overall. He finished 2-under after solid rounds of 70-70-71 -211 on the par 71, 6700 Wilmington layout. Freshman Peyton Sliger refused to fade under pressure and placed tied for seventh after is rounds of 70-71-74 - 215. "Hunter had a really good tournament and was close to pulling out the win," said Maupin. "We're getting there. The off-season will be an important time for us."
Matt Emery was tied for 11th as he posted scores of 73-70-75 - 218. JB Eksteen was also consistent from start to finish. he had rounds of 73-75-73 - 221 and a tied for 22nd. Freshman Taylor Davis was Lee's fifth man on Tuesday and totaled 77-69-80 - 226.
Lee defeated new SSAC rival College of Coastal Georgia (887) by eight strokes. The Georgia school had beaten the Flames a week earlier. "This field had five of the top 13 teams that are ranked nationally, so overall it was still a good finish" noted Maupin. "