Lee Golfers Leed Skyhawk Classic By Four Strokes
Monday, October 07, 2013
The Lee men's golf team posted a 36-hole total (556) on opening day of the Skyhawk Classic being held at the Paris Landing course that may never be broken. Putting a 20-under par on the scoreboard is something that left coach John Maupin wondering if his eyes were playing tricks.
"It was just a great day, the kind ever coach waits for," he explained. "We had five guys putting it all together and we could only count four of the scores. "I certainly don't think any Lee team has ever had four players shoot under par over 36 holes.
The Flames will hold a four-shot lead over host Tennessee-Martin (560) going into Tuesday"s final round. Southern Illinois and Murray State are tied for third (570), and John A. Logan (576) rounds out the top five in the 16-team field. Nine of the clubs are NCAA Division I programs.
Lee's Hunter Vest set the pace for the blistering hot Flames. The junior will be tied for medalist honors when play begins on Tuesday morning at 9:15. He opened with a 3-under 69 on Monday morning and came right back in the afternoon to record a sizzling 5-under 67 for his 136 total. Vest and Union University's Bryce Doughty are deadlocked for the top spot. UT-Martin's Tyler Guy is only 1-stroke back.
Maupin had nothing but praise for freshman Adam Wright, who was playing in his first college competition. After starting the day 3 over, Wright came back with 24 holes of 9-under golf. His 71-67 - 138 was good enough for a tie for fourth place.
That left the team leader, senior Matt Emery looking up at his two teammates, despite registering a 4-under 73-67 - 140. Emery is tied for sixth and primed to make a run in the medalist race. Sophomore Taylor Davis was not about to be denied. He carded a 73 in the morning round and fired back with a 70 in the afternoon for a 143 and a tie for 16th.
Freshman Shea Sylvester turned in scores that would have counted on all 36 holes on most days 72-74 - 146. Sophomore Peyton Sliger, playing in the individual competition, finished with a 76-71 - 147.
"I think our guys are playing with a chip on their shoulders against these Division I players," admitted Maupin. "It was just fun watching them come in and their scores getting better and better. We are looking forward to the final round tomorrow. This is a very strong field and UT-Martin is playing on its home course."