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Golf Falls to Seventh Place at Rees Jones Invitational
Tougher playing conditions early during Monday's round led to higher scores, dropping Liberty to seventh place following two rounds of action at the Rees Jones Invitational.
None of the dozen teams in the field managed to break par at the at the Haig Point Golf Course (par 72, 7,380 yards) and five teams posted higher totals today than their opening rounds on Sunday.
Liberty was one of those five programs, with the Flames carding a 17-over par 305, which was 14 strokes higher than the team's opening round score of three-over par 291. The Flames enter tomorrow's final round in seventh place with an overall 20-over par 596.
The 305 was Liberty's highest regular season round of golf since matching the same score during the middle round of the 2012 Northern Intercollegiate, the Flames' opening event of the 2012-13 season.
USF was able to hold onto its overall lead despite the Bulls carding a nine-over par 297. USF currently leads the South Carolina-hosted event by four strokes, having posted a two-day aggregate total of seven-over par 583 (286-297).
Kennesaw State is in second place with an 11-over par 587 (290-297), followed by South Carolina's 12-over par 588 (298-290).
UNCW is in fourth place with a 13-over par 589 (296-293), while East Carolina is in fifth place with a 14-over par 590 (298-292) and Troy is in sixth place with a 17-over par 593 (291-305).
USF's Chase Koepka continued to find the Rees Jones signature design course to his liking, as he was one of eight players in the 69-man field to break par on Monday. The Bulls' top golfer enters tomorrow's final round with a six-under par 138 two-day total (68-70) to lead by three strokes.
UNCW's Payne McLeod is in second place with a three-under par 141 (71-70), followed by Jimmy Beck's one-under par 143 (73-70).
Liberty's top golfer in the field remains Michael Hocker, who is competing as an individual and his scores does not count toward the Flames' team total.
Hocker is tied for 10th place with a two-over par 145 (71-75). The sophomore was able to erase an early double bogey with three birdies before he made the turn, but he gave the strokes back with three backside bogeys.
After four front side bogeys, Fenasse was able to settle down on his closing nine holes to keep from giving any additional strokes back.
McConnell birdied three out of five holes during the midpoint of his second round to get back to level par, but gave one shot back during a bogey-birdie-par-bogey run late in the round.
Niklas Lindstrom dropped from ninth place to a share of 32nd place (eight-over par 152) following an eight-over par 80 during the second round. The senior had six bogeys and a double bogey before finishing off his second round with a birdie on his last hole.
Chase Marinell is one shot back of Lindstrom and shares 37th place with a nine-over par 153 (73-80). The early blustery conditions caused Liberty's top golfer to be six-over par after five holes of play and he was never able to recover.
Liberty's final golfer in the field is Harrison Winger, who bettered his first round total and shares 52nd place with a 12-over par 156 (79-77). The sophomore was one-over par through 13 holes of play, but two bogeys and a double bogey during his closing holes caused him to drop four additional shots.
The Flames will return to the Haig Point Golf Course tomorrow morning to compete alongside golfers from Charlotte and Middle Tennessee State during the final round of the 2013 Rees Jones Invitational. The Flames' tee times start at 8:50 a.m. and full live stats will once again be available via Golfstat.