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Flames Take Second at Seahawk Invitational

February 28, 2011
|  Wilmington, N.C.
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Preston Dembowiak helped the Flames to a second-place finish at the Seahawk Invitational, as the senior posted posted a one-over par 217 during the two-day event.

For the second-consecutive round, Liberty bested the 12-team field at the Seahawk Invitational, allowing the Flames to take second place at the two-day event that concluded action on Monday afternoon.

The Flames fired a closing round seven-over par 295 during the closing round. Liberty finished a stroke better than host UNC Wilmington (296) and four strokes better than VCU (299), rounding out the only three teams to break 300 during a blustery day on par-72, 6,918-yard trek.

Thanks to a strong opening round on Sunday morning, No. 52 UNC Wilmington was able to fend off the charge of No. 48 Liberty to capture the event's team title. The Seahawks closed the 54-hole event with a 15-over par 879 (290-293-296), followed four strokes behind by Liberty's 19-over par 883 (303-285-295).

The Flames finished the event, which was contested on the Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall, ahead of three other Top 75 programs.

No. 25 Wake Forest (291-287-310) and No. 61 East Carolina (294-286-308) shared third place with a 24-over par 888, followed by South Carolina, who took fifth place with a 26-over par 890 (304-285-3010).

No. 42 North Carolina finished well down the 12-team leaderboard, as the Tar Heels failed to break 300 during any of the three rounds and finished tied for seventh with a 55-over par 919 (301-304-314).

UNC Wilmington's Thomas Bass captured the individual title, as the Seahawks' sophomore golfer posted an even par 216 (71-73-72).

Bass finished one stroke ahead of Liberty's Preston Dembowiak, who along with Bass, was one of four golfers to card even par rounds during the Monday flight. The Liberty senior finished the event with a one-over par 217 (78-67-72), his fourth-best 54-hole total of his collegiate career.

The Flames were one of two programs in the 12-team field to have each of its golfers best the winding conditions at the beach golf course and post scores below 80. In total, only 37 golfers in the 66-man field bested the 80-stroke mark on the afternoon.

Robert Karlsson, who entered the event ranked No. 30 in the country, was one of six golfers to finished the event tied for fifth place with a four-over 220 (73-71-76).

Karlsson, the reigning Big South Golfer of the Year, did manage to tie or beat two golfers who ranked higher than him prior to the event. No. 16 Evan Beck of Wake Forest shared fifth place with Karlsson with a four-over 220 (73-71-76), while Beck's teammate, No. 29 Lee Bedford, finished tied for 24th place with an 11-over par 227 (75-70-82).

Andrew Colvin followed with an eight-over par 224 (76-75-73) for a share of 18th place, while Max McKay was one stroke behind his fellow teammate and shared 22nd place with a nine-over par 225 (76-75-74).

Niklas Lindstrom rounded out Liberty's roster, as the freshman finished the event tied for 30th place with a 14-over par 230 (79-72-79).

The Flames will return to the golf links next Monday and Tuesday to participate in the 14th annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The two-day, 54-hole event is hosted by USC Aiken at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.

Liberty's Karlsson has had much success at this course, as the junior captured individual medalist honors in 2009 with a one-under par 209 and second place last year with a two-under par 208. During last year's event, where Liberty placed fourth in the 18-team field, McKay followed two shots behind Karlsson and shared fourth place with an even par 210.