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Flames in Fourth Place after First Day at Pinetree Intercollegiate
Liberty carded its lowest two consecutive rounds of the 2014-15 men's golf season on Monday and currently stands in fourth place following day one action at the Pinetree Intercollegiate.
The Flames closed both of their rounds strong at the Pinetree Country Club (par 72, 7,108 yards), posting a combined 7-under par score during two trips around holes No. 16, 17 and 18 to climb up the leaderboard.
Liberty played the par-5 holes well on the day, finishing a combined 7-under par and ranked tied for second in the 11-team field with two eagles. Liberty's best charge of the day came during the first round when four of its five golfers birdied the par-5, No. 16 hole.
Liberty stands in fourth place with 18 holes left to play, having carded a 17-over par 593 on Monday (294-299).
Tournament host Kennesaw State is posed to capture its third straight tournament title at its own event, as the Owls lead by 29 strokes with a 19-under par 557 (276-281).
East Carolina, who is the top ranked team in the field at No. 18 in the recently released Golfstat rankings, is a distant second with a 10-over par 586 (295-291). Florida Gulf Coast is in third, two strokes ahead of the Flames with a 15-over par 591 (303-288).
Liberty has four teams who are within seven strokes of the Flames entering tomorrow's final round of play (Jacksonville State/+19; Cincinnati/+20; Lipscomb/+21; Miami/+24).
The Owls have three players leading the 64-man field, starting with Fredrik Nilehn who stands atop the leaderboard with a 10-under par 134 (64-70). He is followed by teammates Austin Vick, who is in second with a 7-under par 137 (69-68), and Jimmy Beck, who is in third place with a 6-under 138 (69-69).
Liberty's Isaiah Logue just missed making the group of six golfers who finished in red figures on Monday. The Flames' freshman stands in seventh place with an even par 144 (73-71) after his first collegiate sub-par round.
Austin Inman opened the tournament with his best 18-hole total of the fall and is tied for 38th place with a 10-over par 154 (73-81).
Huston Chandler (82-76) and Tyler Abrahamsen (82-76) matched scorecards on Monday, both posting six stroke improvements during the afternoon flight to share 47th place with a 14-over par 158. Chandler is part of Liberty's starting five in the event, while Abrahamsen is making his collegiate debut as an individual.
The Flames will return to the Pinetree Country Club tomorrow to wrap up the fall portion of their 2014-15 schedule with the final round of the Pinetree Intercollegiate. Liberty will go off the No. 1 tee with Jacksonville State and Cincinnati starting at 8:20 a.m.