SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – The Lee University women's golf team is well on its way to winning a third straight tournament. The Lady Flames fired a 297 team-total on Monday and its 36-hole total of 601 is eight strokes better than the 609 posted by host Tennessee Tech University.
The Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate is being played at the Sevierville Golf Club (Highlands Course). The final 18 holes will be played under much better conditions, beginning on Tuesday morning.
Belmont University stands in third place (613), followed by Carson-Newman (628), Evansville University (639), Radford University (651) and Tennessee State (700).
Lee’s Sam Burrus (76-71 – 147) and Annika Gino (72-76 – 148) will be challenging Carson-Newman’s Elizabeth England (144) and Evansville’s Kayla Katterhenry (146), who are the medalist leaders heading into the final round.
Anne Hedegaard is in fifth place after rounds of (79-73 – 152). Haverly Harrold stands in 12th place (78-77 – 155) and is followed by teammate Judianne Speech (81-77 – 158). Caroline Moore (78-81 – 159) and Kensington Wieland (84-81 – 165) round out the Lady Flames scoring.
“We did a nice job getting off to a good start today,” said coach John Maupin. “We were able to carry that momentum most of the day. Sam and Anne really played well. They made several good putts and were just in a great spot today. We've got another opportunity tomorrow to go out and try to be our best, and that's what we're focused on.”
A total of seven teams and 44 individuals are taking part in the tournament made up largely of NCAA Division I programs.