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Flames in Second Place Heading into Final Round of BSC Men's Golf Championship

April 22, 2013
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Mathieu Fenasse led the Flames during the second round of the Big South Men's Golf Championship, carding a two-under par 70 on Monday.

No. 1 seed Liberty matched its opening round score on Monday, but now finds itself in second place heading into the final round of the 2013 Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Liberty once again carded a six-over par 294 on Monday during its second round and now trails No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina by three strokes.

The Flames will enter tomorrow's final round at The Patriot Golf Club needing to overcome a three-stroke deficit if it wants to claim its third-straight Big South Men's Golf Championship title.

Coastal Carolina overtaking the Flames during the second round marks the first time in eight rounds Liberty has trailed at the conference championship event.

Coastal Carolina leads the 10-team field with a nine-over par 585 (296-289), with Liberty three strokes back with a 12-over par 588 (294-294). Winthrop is in third place with a 17-over par 593 (299-294).

Radford is in a distant fourth place with a 34-over par 610 (304-306), followed by Campbell, who is in fifth place with a 37-over par 613 (304-309).

Three players in the 50-man field were able to card rounds under par at the par-72, 7,120-yard Davis Love, III, designed course.

One of those three players is day two leader Cameron Ball of Winthrop. He will enter tomorrow's final round with a one-stroke lead and an overall score of one-under par 143 (72-71).

Ball leads two players by one stroke, including Liberty's Max McKay. McKay led after the first round, but fired a two-over par 74 today to drop behind Cameron.

McKay made the turn at two-under par after birdies at No. 4 and 8, but a double bogey at No. 10 followed by bogeys at No. 11 and No. 14 dropped Liberty's senior golfer back to a two-over score today and an even par 144 for the championship (70-74).

Liberty's best golfer on the day was Mathieu Fenasse, who moved up the leaderboard seven places to fourth place following a two-under par 70 (the second best round of the day among all Big South golfers).

Fenasse was three-under par following a birdie at No. 16, the course's No. 1 handicap hole and looked to be in position to lower his score on the closing hole. However, the sophomore's approach stayed atop a ridge on the two-tiered No. 18 green and his eventual three-putt dropped him back to two-under today and one-over par 145  (75-70) overall.

Liberty's remaining three golfers of Chase Marinell, Ian McConnell and Niklas Lindstrom each carded rounds of three-over par on Monday to close out Liberty's second round scoring.

Marinell (72-75) is in sixth place overall with a three-over par 147. The junior erased a pair of early bogeys with birdies on the par-5 No. 8 and 14 holes. However, he gave a stroke back on his closing two holes to fall to three-over par on the day.

McConnell is tied for 19th overall following his three-over par score and his eight-over par 36-hole total (77-75-152).

The junior dropped two shots early, but got one back with a birdie at No. 8. However, he gave two shots quickly back with a double bogey on No. 9 after losing his tee shot left.

Following a three-putt bogey on the par-4, No. 11 hole, McConnell settled down and played one-under par golf during his closing holes thanks to snaking in a 25-foot putt from the back edge of the par-3, No. 17 hole.

Lindstrom, who is tied for 33rd place with a 13-over par 157 (82-75), was Liberty's most improved golfer on the day, bettering his opening day score by seven strokes.

Following birdies on No. 7, 8 and 10, the junior was one-under par with eight holes left to play. However, he struggled down the stretch with five bogeys, two pars and a birdie on his final holes to close the second day with a three-over par 75.

For the third round in a row, Liberty will be paired with golfers from Coastal Carolina and Winthrop on Tuesday.

The trio of teams, who will most likely determine the champion at this year's event, will go off the No. 1 tee at The Patriot Golf Club starting at 9:20 a.m.

Following the final 18 holes of competition, the 2013 Big South champion will be crowned and awarded the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Golf Regional.

Live scoring will once again be provide from Golfstat, while @LibertyFlames (Liberty's official Twitter feed) will be on the course providing more in-depth updates as it follows one of Liberty's five golfers. The Flames will look to regain their lead as they search for their third-straight Big South title.