Sunday, March 15, 2009

Flames golf tournament updates

From SI

DAYTONA, Fla. - Lee's women's golf team is in its first year of competition, but it hasn't taken a pair of its players long to grab the attention of several of the NAIA top golfers.

Julie Donnestad, who was a standout for the women's national championship soccer team, has joined the Lee women's golf program this spring and is tied for second place after the first round of the Eagle Invitational that is being hosted by Embry-Riddle. Donnestad opened tourney play with a 3-over-par 75. She is tied with Anna Haller of Embry-Riddle, Jackie Yu of Northwood (Fla.) University, and Charlotte Gullieux of Wayland Baptist (Texas). Daniela Iacobelli of Florida Institute of Technology is the leader with a 2-under-par 70.

Rachel Ingram, who transferred to Lee from UT-Knoxville this season, tallied a 76 and is tied for sixth with Tara Wiley (Southern Indiana). Jessi Hodge came in at 102 for the Lady Flames and Shauna Webb carded a 116.

The Lee ladies are in 12th place in the 12-team event. Host Embry-Riddle is the leader at 310, while Northwood is second at 315. The Lady Flames finished at 369.


On the men's side, Lee men's golf team will have to battle from 20-strokes back if it entertains any hope of bringing home the first-place trophy from the 20th Annual Eagle Invitational being hosted by Embry-Riddle.

Lee senior Matthew Clouse had an outstanding first 18. He fired a 1-under-par 71. However, Clouse came back with a 78 in the final 18 holes of the long day and stands at 149 after 36 holes of the 54-hole tournament.

Freshman Taylor Huse is tied with Clouse for 10th place in the overall medalist battle. Huse was much more consistent with a 74-75 - 149. Wes Nobles is tied for 26th after a 75-79 - 154 and Joshua Lawson rounded out the Lee scores that counted with a 79-76 - 155. He is tied for 31st.

John Pannone and Reed Howard, both of South Carolina Beaufort, are one and two in the medalist hunt. Pannone started with a 73 and finished with a 70 for a 143 total. Howard posted a 71-73 - 144.

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