Lee Men Fourth At Gulf South Golf Tournament

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Lee men's golf team made a solid showing in its first Gulf South Conference tournament. With freshman Shea Sylvester and senior Hunter Vest leading the way, the Flames finished fourth in the 10-team field.

West Florida, paced by medalist Juan Miguel Hereida (203), took the team title with a 54-hole total of 865, five strokes better than the 870 fired by second-place finishers North Alabama and Delta State (870).


Lee (298) posted the second best round on Tuesday at the Tunica National Golf and Tennis Club and had a 54-hole total of 874, 17 strokes better than fifth-place finisher, West Georgia. Ten GSC schools took part in the two-day tournament on the par-72, 6851-yard layout.

While Heredia walked away with individual honors, Connor Godsey of North Alabama (204) was second and Reed Lindsey (208) of Delta State placed third. Sylvester showed the conference he will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. His minus-5, 70-68-73 - 211 was strong enough for fourth place and Vest finished fifth with an even-par 71-74-71 - 216.

Sophomore Taylor Davis carded rounds of 73-72-78 - 223, good enough for 17th. Senior Matt Emery turned in the final score that countedon Tuesday (76) and ended his Lee career with a 235. Newcomer Adam Wright had an up and down tournament. He started with a 78, came back with a 70 during the second 18 on Monday and then slipped to an 84 on Tuesday for a 54-hole score of 232.

"Overall I think this was a solid showing for our first GSC tournament," commented coach John Maupin. "This is really strong league and if you want to win you have to play very good golf. We just weren't quite as sharp as we needed to be. Shea and Hunter played really well today and for the tournament." Both earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Maupin noted that the wind made the course play much tougher on Tuesday. "I hate to say goodbye to these seniors (Vest and Emery). They've been fantastic players for us, and carried us to new heights. I'm grateful that they came to Lee University and appreciate all their hard work. They've done it all ... multiple conference titles, All Americans, and an NCCAA title is a strong legacy to leave. I'm really proud of them."

Calling All Red Bank Football Alums

It’s the celebration of 75 years of high school football tonight at Red Bank as the Lions honor their past and face their oldest rival, Soddy Daisy. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. It’s a silver anniversary with a myriad of golden moments created by talented teenagers who return tonight to be honored for being Friday night heroes to so many in the Red Bank community. ... (click for more)

Prep Football Picks: Week One

Plan Revived For 5-Story Boutique Hotel Next To The Walnut Street Bridge

Plans have been revived for a five-story boutique hotel next to the Walnut Street Bridge. Vision Hospitality Group said the yet-to-be named hotel will provide 90 rooms featuring high-end amenities and exemplary service in the city's art district. Plans for a similar hotel were announced in 2012, but the proposal was later withdrawn. The hotel is slated for 102 Walnut ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Says County Needs To Start "Immediately" On Funding A New County Jail

Members of the Hamilton County Grand Jury said in a final report that the county needs to start "immediately" on funding a replacement for the Hamilton County Jail. The report, read by Foreman Robert Smith, says, "The Jail is near and/or over capacity and understaffed!  Hard-working corrections officers are in constant danger.  Being responsible for 80-100 inmates per ... (click for more)

Better Plan For Walnut Street Hotel

Mitch Patel and his Vision Hospitality Group have unveiled a revised plan for a hotel on Walnut Street. It is much better than the one proposed two years ago. By having no curb cuts on Walnut Street, it makes that special block near the bridge more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Deliveries would be off Riverfront Parkway and hotel access (valet parking) would be off Aquarium ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)