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Late Rally Helps Flames Climb Leaderboard

February 9, 2013
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Niklas Lindstrom is tied for third place heading into the final round of the 2013 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

The Flames carded a combined seven birdies during the closing six holes of play on Saturday, allowing Liberty to move into fourth place after two rounds of play at the 2013 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

No. 23/31 Liberty (Golfweek/Golfstat) was one of 10 teams in the 14-team field to improve upon its morning round scores on the par-70, 6,701-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Liberty shaved four strokes off its first round team scorecard and stands in fourth place after posting a 36-hole total of 12-over par 572 (288-284).

No. 31/23 Florida State showed the most dramatic improvement with the Seminoles trimming back their team score by 15 shots during the second round. Florida State will enter tomorrow's final round with a nine stroke lead after posting a one-over par 561 (289-272).

Besides tournament leader Florida State, event host No. 5/3 Florida (282-288) and No. 35/34 North Florida (287-283) are the only other teams ahead of the Flames, with both programs finishing day one's action with a 10-over par 570.

The final top 25 ranked program in the field is No. 13/12 Arkansas (287-288), who shares sixth place South Alabama (291-284) at 15-over par 575.

Two of the 75 players in the SunTrust Gator Invitational enter the final round in red figures, led by Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes, who leads the tournament with a four-under par 136 (70-66).

Florida State's Daniel Berger is in second place with a two-under par 138 (69-69), followed directly by six players who share third place with an even par 140.

One of those half-dozen players is Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom (69-71), who spearheaded Liberty's late rally on Saturday. After opening with a one-under par 69, back-to-back bogeys during Lindstrom's second round left him three-over with six holes left to play.

However, the junior finished strong with three birdies offset by a bogey to get his overall individual score back to level par following 36 holes of play.

Chase Marinell is one of eight players who currently shares 20th place with a three-over par 143 (74-69). Following a tough first round that saw have five bogeys and a double bogey, Marinell was able to card his eighth round of the year at par or better during the afternoon flight.

Ian McConnell was Liberty's most consistent golfer on Saturday, carding back-to-back rounds at two-over par and currently shares 28th place with a four-over par 144 (72-72). The junior was able to overcome three double bogeys on the day with four birdies.

Max McKay had a colorful scorecard on the day and currently shares 36th place with a six-over par 146 (74-72). Liberty's lone senior on the trip had five birdies, nine bogeys and a double bogey during his 36 holes of play on Saturday.

Liberty's final golfer in the field is Mathieu Fenasse, who is tied for 50th place with an eight-over par 148 (73-75). The sophomore was only able to find two birdies on the day.

Liberty, along with the rest of the 13 teams in the 2013 SunTrust Gator Invitational, will return to the Mark Bostick Golf Course tomorrow for the event's final round of play. The Flames will be paired up with golfers from South Alabama and UAB and will be sent off the No. 1 tee, starting at 8:20 a.m.