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Flames Finish Sixth at Seahawk Invitational

February 27, 2012
|  Wilmington, N.C.
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Robert Karlsson finished third at the Seahawk Invitational thanks to back-to-back sub-70 rounds and finishing the two-day event with a four-under par 212.

Robert Karlsson fired the low round of the day on Tuesday, but it was not enough to help Liberty climb any higher than sixth place in the final team standings at the Seahawk Invitational.

As a team, Liberty had the fourth-lowest round of the day, carding an even par 288. However, it could not help the Flames overcome their opening round on Sunday, as No. 31/33 Liberty (Golfstat/Golfweek) finished the two-day, 54-hole event in sixth place with a 17-over par 881 (309-284-288).

No. 51/45 East Carolina took the team title, easily winning the Seahawk Invitational by nine strokes with an even par 864 (296-282-286).

No. 45/41 Wake Forest took second place with a nine-over par 873 (292-292-289), followed by South Carolina, who finished in third place with an 11-over par 875 (298-293-284).

Rounding out the top five teams in the field were No. 26/22 Chattanooga, who took fourth place with a 15-over par 879 (300-288-291), while host UNC Wilmington finished fifth on their home Country Club of Landfall course with a 16-over par 880 (299-294-287).

South Carolina's Wesley Bryan was the only golfer in the 66-man field to break par all three rounds, capturing individual medalist honors with a seven-under par 209 (68-71-70).

Competing as an individual, Wake Forest's Cryus Stewart took second place, with the Demon Deacons' golfer firing a five-under par 211 (71-72-68).

Karlsson, who was individually ranked No. 27 coming into the event by Golfweek, tied his low round of the season on Monday to secure third place. The senior finished the event with a four-under par 212 (77-68-67), carding back-to-back sub-70 rounds on the par-72 Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

Karlsson's four-under par 212 marks the second tournament of the season the two-time Big South Golfer of the Year has finished in red figures and the 18th time of his four-year career.

Liberty's next three golfers managed to finish inside the Top 30, starting with a 21st place finish by Mathieu Fenasse. The freshman posted a seven-over par 223 (79-68-76) to secure his second career Top 25 finish.
Ian McConnell (76-75-73) and Max McKay (77-73-75) followed one and two strokes behind Fenasse.

McConnell shared 24th place with an eight-over par 224, while McKay carded a nine-over par 225 to grab a share of 29th place in the final individual standings.

Chase Marinell rounded out Liberty's starting five at the event. Last year's Big South Freshman of the Year continued to rebound from a tough opening 18 holes, tying for 40th place with a 14-over par 230 (81-76-73).

For the fourth year in a row, Liberty will return to the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C., to participate in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

The two-day, 54-hole event, hosted by USC Aiken and contested at the fourth oldest golf course in the United States, will begin with 36 holes of action on March 5 and conclude with a final 18 holes on March 6.