Lee's Emery, Little Claim Medalist Honors

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Senior Matt Emery continued to play the best golf of his college career and put together rounds of 70-71 for a 3-under par 141 and outbattled North Georgia's Michael Motz (69-73 - 142) and two other golfers to capture medalist honors in the Smokey Mountain Invitational.

Tuesday's round of 71 also helped lift the Lee men's team to a third-place finish in an 18-team tournament loaded with NCAA Division II programs. Clayton State (286-292 - 578) claimed the team title. Queens University of Charleston S.

C. was second (294-291 - 585), but the Flames turned in Tuesday's best round (288) on Tuesday and a 591 36-hole total was good enough for the tie with North Georgia.

While Emery was walking away with the hardware, Lee's Hunter Vest carded a 3-under 69 and recorded the low score in Tuesday's overall play. Vest, who struggled with a 78 on Monday, turned things around with the blistering 69 and totaled 147, good enough for a tied for 12th.

"I am really happy for Matt, in winning his second collegiate tournament," said coach John Maupin. "I know today was an up and down round, but he hung in there, capped it off with a birdie and won by one stroke. I think him being able to come out and win the first tournament of the year will really free him up for the remainder of the season."

Maupin also praised the effort of Vest. "Hunter came through big time today. His 69 is a great score on that golf course. I was also really proud of Taylor Davis, as I think he was 5-over par early and battled back to a 74."

Davis and Shea Slyvester each came back with a 74 on Tuesday after their 78 on Monday. The 152 was good enough for a tie for 44 in the field of 96 golfers. Peyton Sliger posted back-to-back 77s and placed 53rd with a 154.

"It was just a really strong round we saw from the guys today," said Maupin. "You can always tell a lot about a team based on how they respond to a bad round, and in that regard this team showed me a lot today. We were able to make a big jump in the standings and have the lowest round of the day. This will be some great momentum to carry over to our next one."

In women's action, Bernadette Little is listed at only 5-foot-4 on the Lee golf roster, but she played much larger than that in the second round of the Smokey Mountain Invitational on Tuesday.

Little claimed her first medlist award after firing a 3-under 69 on Tuesday, that combined with an opening round 73 gave her a 142 total and a two-stroke victory over West Florida's Camila Sevillano. Marie Coors (St. Leo, Fla.) was third (145), while Meridith Hawkins of Carson-Newman was fourth (146), and Ashlee Beck of Montevallo was fifth at 147.

"Bernadette played terrific today, and I couldn't be happier for her personally," said a pleased coach John Maupin. "She works so hard and has a great demeanor on the course. She put a lot of time in this summer, and it paid off big today. She earned this win. Against such a strong field she was going to have to play well, and she went out and made it happen. She joins a great group of previous Lady Flames medalists and I am excited for her."

As a team the Lady Flames jumped all the way up to a second-place finish. The 301-294 - 595 was four shots behind the winning St. Leo squad (299-292 - 591). West Flordia was third (596), while Limestone (S.C.) with a 603 and Montevallo (617) completed the top five finishers in the field of 17 teams and 90 individual golfers.

"The ladies played a fantastic team-round of golf today," pointed out Maupin. "I believe this is our lowest team-score ever in relation to par. I felt good about where we stood all day, and it was a lot of fun being locked in such a close battle with two great teams. We let a few slip coming in, but overall it was a great effort from the whole team. This was a great way to move into NCAA Division II competition. I am proud of the showing we had."

As expected, Courtney Shelton rallied back on Tuesday and her 73 combined with the 77 on Monday gave the senior a 150 finish, good enough for a tie for 10th. Newcomer Callie Kitchens tied for 17th with rounds of 78-75 - 153. After a solid 73 on Monday, Madison Alexander slipped to an 81 on Tuesday and settled for a tied for 19th with a 154. Another newcomer, Sarah Robertson turned in a score that counted on Tuesday (77) and her two-day total was 155.


Three Marion Players On 2A Preseason All-State Team

Marion County's Corey Tucker, Christian Stephens and Alex Kirkendoll have been voted to the Star Physical Therapy Class 2A preseason all-state team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. Other area players on the team are Tellico Plains' Ryan Bookout, Boyd-Buchanan's Eli Legg and Sweetwater's Bailey Byrum.  Marion County finished as state runner-up ... (click for more)

Three Tied For Lead In Choo Choo Golf

Three players shot 5-under 67 on Monday and share the lead in the Choo-Choo Invitational golf tournament at the Council Fire Club. Local 30-year-old golfer Taylor Lewis, Tennessee junior Jack Smith and UT-Martin sophomore Hunter Richardson finished atop the scoreboard  after the first of three rounds. Lewis shot his 67 despite a double bogey on No. 8 . He had an eagle ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Body Found Early Tuesday Morning, Foul Play Not Suspected At This Time

Chattanooga Police responded to the 300 block of Cherokee Boulevard on the report of a body found on Tuesday at approximately 12:26 a.m. Investigators have processed the scene and the body was transported to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office for evaluation and identification. The cause of death is pending the results of the autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office. ... (click for more)

Lorri Wyatt Thanks The Community

Over the past 10 days, my life has been a whirlwind. My entire life changed in an instant. My husband, David Wyatt, was an incredible man, father and husband. He was funny, hardworking, honest, kind, loving and devoted to everyone in it. Everyone that knew David, loved him. He had a way of touching lives, without even knowing he was. On July 16, we lost him, and our lives will never ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)