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Matching Under-Par Scores Keep Flames in Contention
The Flames fired matching four-under par rounds of 284 during the first day of competition at the Shoal Creek Invitational on Monday, putting Liberty in fourth place following the first 36 holes of play.
Liberty was one of five teams in the 12-team field to card consecutive red score rounds on the par-72, 7,234-yard Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club course.
Tournament host UAB used a 15-under par 273 during the second round to take a two-stroke lead into tomorrow's final round over Ole Miss. The Blazers stand atop the team leaderboard with a 20-under par 556 (283-273), followed closely behind by the Rebels' 18-under par 558 (280-278).
Memphis, who shared the lead after the first round with Ole Miss, is in third place with a 10-under par 566 (280-286). The Flames are in fourth place with an eight-under par 568 (284-284).
Rounding out the top five teams in the field is Florida. The Gators will enter the final round of the event hosted by UAB alum and PGA Tour professional Graeme McDowell with a five-under par 571 (296-275).
More than 40 percent of the golfers in the 66-man field were able to twice circle the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and post under-par scores.
Ole Miss' Blake Morris is the current leader with a nine-under par 135 score (68-67), followed by UAB's Wilson McDonald's eight-under par 136 (69-67).
Three of Liberty's five golfers are in red figures, led by senior Chase Marinell, who is three strokes off the overall pace with a six-under par 138 score (71-67).
A bogey on Marinell's opening hole of his second round dropped him back to level par in the event. However, he closed by birdieing six of his last 11 holes to remain in individual contention.
Mathieu Fenasse is currently tied for 10th place with a two-under par 142 score (72-70). After opening with his third par round of golf of the year, the junior got to three-under before a late bogey dropped him one stroke back.
Ian McConnell was tied for second place following his second sub-70 round of golf this year, as he opened with a four-under par 68 during the morning flight. The senior was under par on his second round of golf before a double bogey and two bogeys on three of his final six holes dropped him back to a share of 21st place with an overall one-under par 143 (68-75).
Michael Hocker is tied for 30th place overall with a one-over par 145 (73-72). The sophomore carded 17 pars and a bogey during his first round, followed by three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey during his second trip around the course.
Niklas Lindstrom is tied for 42nd place overall with a five-over par 149 (74-75). The senior had an adventurous day that included an eagle, seven birdies, six bogeys and four double bogeys during his 36 holes of play.
The Flames will head off the No. 1 tee along with golfers from fifth-place Florida and sixth-place Georgia Southern tomorrow morning, starting at 8:15 a.m., for the final round of the Shoal Creek Invitational.