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Flames Finish The Hayt Collegiate Invite in 12th Place
The Flames wrapped up their third tournament of the spring on Tuesday, finishing in 12th place at The Hayt Collegiate Invitational, hosted by North Florida at Sawgrass Country Club.
No. 27/30 Liberty (Golfstat/Golfweek) was able to shave a few strokes off its first and second round scores, but was not able to better its standing on the 15-team leaderboard during the final round of competition on the par-72, 7,001-yard trek.
Liberty finished the event with a 26-over par 890 (297-298-295), which was one shot behind Louisville (297-290-302-889) and three shots behind fellow Big South foe Coastal Carolina (293-294-300-887).
No. 2/3 Oklahoma State was the only team to break par during the final round of the event, allowing the Cowboys to run away with the team title with a 19-under par 845 (282-281-282).
No. 6/8 UCF finished a distant second with a nine-under par 855 (287-279-289), while No. 13/11 UAB rounded out the top three teams in the field with a third-place showing with a five-under par 859 (290-280-289).
A dozen players finished the 54-hole event in red figures, led by UCF's Greg Eason, who overtook rounds one and two leader Sam Love of UAB to take medalist honors.
Eason finished strong on the best weather day of the event, closing with three-under par 69 and posting an aggregate winning score of 11-under par 205 (71-65-69).
Love slipped one spot down the 84-man leaderboard for his runner-up finish, posting an eight-under par 208 (67-68-73) following his worst round of the event.
Additional individual highlights from the event included a pair of hole-in-ones, with one coming from Liberty's Chase Marinell's round three playing partner Jared Bettcher. The Troy freshman golfer aced the par-3, 201-yard No. 15 hole, his sixth hole of the day.
Liberty's top finisher in the field was Mathieu Fenasse, who closed the event with a one-under par 71, his sixth round at par or better this season.
On the day, the junior offset four bogeys with five birdies to finish the tournament tied for 21st place with an overall two-over par 218 (73-74-71).
Chase Marinell (74-73-77) and Niklas Lindstrom (76-73-75) followed, each finishing in 41st place with an eight-over par 224.
Marinell, who started the day at No. 10, was able to overcome a pair of early bogeys to level his score with birdies on No. 14 and 16. However, the senior let a wedge get away from him on his approach to the par-5, No. 18 hole and made the turn at two-over par after the double bogey.
Marinell would have two more double bogeys during his final nine holes, the first coming on the dogleg right No. 2 and the last coming on the lengthy par-4, No. 9 hole. On the day, he hit 10-of-14 fairways, 9-of-18 greens and had 27 total putts.
Lindstrom made the turn at one-under par, but struggled on his closing nine holes, posting four bogeys to close the event with a three-over par 75.
Harrison Winger carded his second-best round of the season on Tuesday, closing the event with an even-par 72, and finished tied for 73rd place with a 16-over par 232 (79-81-72). The sophomore was three-over par after six holes of play, but he posted a birdie on his final three par-5 holes to get back to level par for the final round.
Ian McConnell was Liberty's final golfer in the field, finishing tied for 75th place with a 17-over par 233 (74-78-81).
The Flames will have the next two weeks off to prepare for their next event, as they will make a return trip to Aiken, S.C., to participate in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto. The 54-hole, two-day event is hosted by USC Aiken on March 10-11.