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Flames Finish Cleveland Golf Palmetto in Eighth Place

March 11, 2014
|  Aiken, S.C.
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Niklas Lindstrom had his third top five finish of the year with a third-place showing at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational.

Liberty was one of nine teams on Tuesday to improve on its second round score, allowing the Flames to move up the leaderboard one spot and finish the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational in eighth place.

No. 36/36 Liberty (Golfstat/Golfweek) had an 11-shot improvement over its second round, carding an eight-over par 288 during the final round of the USC Aiken hosted event. Overall, Liberty finished the two-day tournament in eighth place with a 37-over par 877 (290-299-288).

No. 31/27 Clemson was able to fend off No. 7/11 Virginia to claim the team title by two strokes. The Tigers finished atop the 18-team leaderboard with a 14-over par 854 (281-290-283), followed closely behind by the Cavaliers' 16-over par 856 (290-287-279). No. 25/25 South Carolina took third place with a 27-over par 867 (289-290-288).

Fourth through eighth place was a tight battle with five teams finishing within three strokes of each other. Georgia State started the bunched-up group, finishing three strokes ahead of Liberty to take fourth place with a 34-over par 874 (294-291-289).

Clemson's Austin Langdale closed with a two-over par 72 on the par-70, 6,617-yard Cleveland Golf Course and was able to finish atop the 90-man leaderboard. He claimed individual medalist honors with an even-par 210 (69-69-72), finishing one stroke ahead of Virginia's Derek Bard (72-69-70-211).

Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom tied for the low round of the day on Tuesday, closing the 54-hole event with a three-under par 67. The senior's second sub-par round of the tournament allowed him to finish in third place overall with a two-over par 212 (68-77-67), giving him his third top five finish of the season.

Mathieu Fenasse continued his solid play this spring, closing with a one-over par 71 to finish tied for fifth place overall with a four-over par 214 (72-71-71).

Rounding out Liberty's starting five in the field were Chase Marinell, who finished tied for 38th place with a 13-over par 223 (76-73-74), Ian McConnell, who finished tied for 60th place with a 19-over par 229 (74-78-77), and Jacob Mast, who finished tied for 73rd place with a 23-over par 233 (79-78-76).

The Flames will close out play in the month of March in two weeks when they travel to Greensboro, Ga., to participate in the Linger Longer Invitational. The Mercer and Kennesaw State co-hosted event will be contested at the Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation course on March 22 and 23.