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Second Day Sees Liberty Drop Down The Hayt Leaderboard
As the weather cleared and team scores improved, Liberty was unable to keep up with the new pace of play, dropping the Flames down the leaderboard following 36 holes of action at the 2014 The Hayt Collegiate Invitational.
Following an opening day that saw weather related delays and poor playing conditions, the 15-team field returned to the Sawgrass Country Club on Monday to conclude yesterday's first round action.
No. 27/30 Liberty (Golfstat/Golfweek) wrapped up first round play early in the morning and stood in seventh place following a nine-over par 297 and was only five shots out of fifth place.
However, as the remnants of yesterday's weather cleared, scores dramatically improved on the par-72, 7,001-yard course for most teams.
Liberty was one of the few teams that continued to struggle on the course, dropping the Flames further down the leaderboard. Following 36 holes of play, the Flames find themselves in 12th place with a 19-over par 595 (297-298).
The top of the team leaderboard reflects the national rankings among the 15 teams, with No. 2/3 Oklahoma State leading the field with a 13-under par 563 (282-281).
No. 6/8 UCF is in second place with a 10-under par 566 (287-279), while No. 13/11 UAB rounds out the under-par teams with a six-under par 570 (290-280).
Twelve players in the 84-man field managed to post sub-70 rounds, including a pair of seven-under par 65s from UCF's Greg Eason and North Texas' Jason Roets. Eason is in second place overall with an eight-under par 136 (71-65) and Roets is in third place with a six-under par 138 (73-65).
Both golfers, along with the rest of the field, are still chasing UAB's Sam Love, who leads the tournament after 36 holes of play with a nine-under par 135 (67-68).
Liberty's top two golfers in the field share the same placing and swapped first and second rounds scores, as Chase Marinell (74-73) and Mathieu Fenasse (73-74) are in 33rd place with a three-over par 147.
Fenasse birdied his first three holes of the second round to get into red figures overall for the tournament, but the junior could only find one more birdie to go along with four bogeys and a double bogey the rest of the day.
Marinell posted par on the first 10 holes of his second round. After dropping shots at No. 2 and 7, the senior carded his first birdie of the day on the par-5, No. 8 (his 17th hole of the second round) to cut his over-par second round score in half.
Niklas Lindstrom is tied for 41st place overall with a five-over par 149 (76-73). The senior birdied three of his first six holes of the second round and make the turn at three-under par. However, he bogeyed four holes on his closing nine to slip back to over-par for the round.
Ian McConnell is in 57th place overall with an eight-over par 152 (74-78). The senior followed a birdie-bogey opening the second round with seven-straight pars. However, the closing nine holes plagued him as well, as he had three-consecutive bogeys and triple bogey on the par 3, No. 6 hole after clipping a tree off the tee to drop six strokes on the back nine.
For his second round, McConnell hit 9-of-14 fairways, 10-of-18 greens and had 33 putts on his way to the six-over posting.
Liberty's final golfer in the tournament is Harrison Winger, who is tied for 80th place with a 16-over par 160 (79-81).
The Flames will return to the Sawgrass Country Club for round three tomorrow, where they will tee it up with golfers from Troy and No. 47/45 Tennessee. The three teams will be sent off the No. 10 tee, a par-4, 410-yard hole, starting at 8:09 a.m.
Golfstat.com will continue to provide live hole-by-hole scoring for the entire field. @LUGameDay will be on the course providing more in-depth scoring for one of Liberty's starting five golfers during the final round of the 2014 The Hayt Collegiate Invitational.