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Flames Finish Inverness Intercollegiate in 12th Place
The Liberty Flames closed out competition in their first event of the fall men's golf season, finishing in 12th place at the 10th annual Inverness Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
Freshman Isaiah Logue spotlighted Liberty's final round play, posting a 1-over par 72 on the day, the fourth-best round during the event's final 18 holes of competition.
The Inverness Club, which has hosted four U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships, continued to play tough. UAB, who finished last year ranked No. 19 in the country, was the only team to post a team score not double digits over par on Tuesday.
East Tennessee State was able to create a little distance between itself and South Florida to claim the event's team title. The Buccaneers won with a 26-over par 878 (285-294-299), finishing two shots ahead of South Florida's 28-over par 880 (293-286-301).
UAB made the best move up the leaderboard on the final day at the par-71, 7,300-yard course, finishing in third place with a 32-over par 884 (295-296-293).
Liberty, who has played in the event three out of the last four years, finished in 12th place with an 86-over par 938 (317-307-314).
The 12-team field included several programs that posted top 50 final rankings in 2013-14. Along with the Flames (No. 35), this year's Inverness field included No. 19 UAB, No. 30 Mercer, No. 32 South Florida and No. 39 Kent State.
East Tennessee State's Adrian Meronk was the only player in the 60-man field to post an under-par score on Tuesday. His 1-under par 70 allowed him to claim individual medalist honors with an overall even par 213 (73-70-70).
UAB's Lee Hodges took second place with a 3-over par 216 (75-69-72), followed by South Florida's Claudio Correa Black who finished third with a 4-over par 217 (70-72-75).
Logue was Liberty's top finisher in the event, posting a 15-over par 228 (81-75-72) to finish in a share of 24th place, improving each round of his first collegiate event.
Logue was one of four Flames playing in their first collegiate tournament. He was joined on the roster this week by fellow freshmen Adam Eineving and Austin Inman and sophomore Hutson Chandler. Eineving finished in a tie for 41st place with a 21-over par 234 (79-75-80).
Senior Mathieu Fenasse finished in a share of 48th place with a 24-over par 237 (79-80-78), the fourth-highest tournament finish of his four-year career at Liberty.
Inman finished tied for 55th place with a 30-over par 243 (78-79-86), while Chandler took 58th place with a 39-over par 252 (90-78-84).
The Flames will return to action next Monday and Tuesday when Liberty travels to Birmingham, Ala., to participate in UAB's Shoal Creek Invitational at Shoal Creek Golf Club.