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Rain Shortens Day One Play at The Hayt
A three-plus hour weather delay kept each of 15 teams in the field at The Hayt Collegiate Invitational from finishing up their opening rounds of the 54-hole event on Sunday at the Sawgrass Country Club.
Play began under ominous skies around 10:15 a.m. and rain began to fall around 11 a.m. At 12:12 p.m., lightning struck in the Jacksonville area, forcing the horn to sound and players to return to the clubhouse.
No. 27/30 Liberty (Golfstat/Golfweek rankings) began play just as the rain started around 11 a.m. and its players were able to finish between two to four holes before play was suspended.
After the lightning left the area and rains lightened up, players were sent back to the practice and warm back up around 3:25 p.m. and the course at 4 p.m.
Players were able to finish up roughly seven more holes of golf before the horn sounded again, this time for darkness and halting the opening round on the par-72, 7,001-yard course.
Currently, Big South foe Coastal Carolina and No. 2/3 Oklahoma State lead the tournament field with a five-under par team score.
Tournament host No. 51/54 North Florida is in third place with a one-over par team score, followed by No. 6/8 UCF's two-over par team score.
Liberty currently shares fifth place with Tulsa, as both teams stand at three-over par, followed directly by No. 13/11 UAB's four-over par team score.
A dozen players are currently in red figures. UAB's Sam Love is pacing the way with a four-under par through nine holes of play.
Liberty's leading scorer is Ian McConnell, who is tied for eighth place with a one-under par after 11 holes of play. The senior opened with two birdies and closed with his fifth birdie of the day on his final hole, the par-5, 517-yard No. 11.
Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom is next in the field for the Flames, sitting in a tie for 21st place at one-over par after 10 holes of play. The senior was solid most of the round, hitting all eight fairways and eight of 10 greens he faced. He offset two bogeys with a birdie on the par-5, 536-yard No. 8 hole after nearly reaching the green in two.
Chase Marinell shares 21st place with a one-over par score after eight holes of play. The senior has carded seven pars and a bogey five on the par-4, 421-yard No. 7 hole.
Mathieu Fenasse shares 36th place following a two-over par 38 on the opening nine holes. He birdied holes No. 1 and 4, but a lost ball on No. 2 led to a triple bogey and he closed with a bogey on the par-4, No. 9 hole, his last of the day.
Liberty's final golfer in the field is Harrison Winger, who is tied for 74th place, as he is six-over par after 10 holes of competition.
The 15-team field will resume play tomorrow morning at 8:20 a.m. After the conclusion of the first round, day one pairings will remain the same for the second round of competition.
Golfstat.com will continue to provide live hole-by-hole scoring, while @LUGameDay will be on the course following Lindstrom during the second day of competition.