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February 3, 2014
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Darkness prevented the 16-team field from completing 36 holes of play at the Sea Best Invitational where Liberty stands in second place when the teams left the course on Monday night.

Following the morning flight, Liberty, who is ranked No. 37 by Golfstat and No. 36 by Golfweek, held a seven stroke lead over North Florida. The Flames opened the day with a three-over par 291 on the famed TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (par 72, 6,977 yards).

The Flames maintained their lead for most of the afternoon until North Florida made a late charge to overtake the Flames and sit atop the leaderboard when play was halted.

With most teams having two to four holes left to play, North Florida leads the 16-team field at four-over par, followed two shots behind by Liberty's six-over par.

Texas A&M, the top ranked team in the field (No. 9/5), is 14 strokes behind the Flames at 20-over par. No. 48/46 Tennessee, the event's reigning champion, is in fourth place at 27-over par, while USC Upstate rounds out the top five teams at 30-over par.

Liberty's Chase Marinell and Niklas Lindstrom were two of four golfers who circled the home course of the PGA Tour and host of THE PLAYERS Championship in the morning with a one-under par 71.

Liberty's pair was joined by Texas A&M's Ben Crancer and Florida Atlantic's Connor O'Rourke for the round one individual lead.

With two holes left to play for each Flame golfer, Marinell and Lindstrom have slipped down the leaderboard. Marinell is tied for third place at even par, while Lindstrom is one stroke back and shares fifth place at one-over par.

North Florida's Austin Padova had one of the better afternoon rounds and currently leads the 84-man field individually at two-under par.

Crancer, who is ranked No. 20 individually in the country, is in second place at one-under par, while his Aggie teammate Greg Yates is tied for third with Marinell at even par.

Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse and Ian McConnell currently share ninth place at three-over par. Fenasse played his morning round at two-over par 74 and has offset three bogeys with two birdies through 16 holes of play during his second round.

McConnell, who fired a morning round four-over par 76, is having Liberty's best second round. The senior has carded four birdies and three bogeys and he birdied the world famous par-3, No. 17 island green during both of his trips around the course.

Rounding out Liberty's starting five on the day is Harrison Winger, who is tied for 21st place with a seven-over par. The sophomore posted a three-over par 75 during the morning flight and is four-over par with two holes left to play in his second round.

Liberty's Jacob Mast is also competing in the event as an individual. The senior struggled during the morning to card a 16-over par 88, but rebounded during the afternoon and is four-over par with a pair of holes to play for his second round.

The 16 teams will return to the TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course tomorrow morning to wrap up round two action before concluding the 2014 Sea Best Invitational with their third and final round later on Tuesday. Golfstat.com will continue to provide live stats throughout the remainder of the Jacksonville-hosted tournament.