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Golf Stands in Third Place Following Two Rounds at Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
The Flames used a strong opening round and then withstood blustery afternoon conditions to finish the first day of play at the 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in third place on the Scarlett Course of The Ohio State Golf Club.
Liberty, currently ranked No. 36 in the country by Golfstat and No. 37 by Golfweek, is currently tied for third place following 36 holes of play on the par-71, 7,455-yard course.
The Flames carded a 13-over par 581 (288-293) and share third place with No. 34/29 UNLV (291-290). As conditions toughened up during the afternoon, the Flames and Rebels were one of only a handful of teams that could keep their scores low.
No. 5/3 Georgia Tech, the top ranked team in the 15-team field, currently leads the overall event with a four-over par 572 (281-291). No. 18/18 UAB is in second place with an eight-over par 576 (284-292).
No. 31/31 Kent State rounds out the top five teams in the field in fifth place with a 15-over par 583 (287-296). Tournament host Ohio State is in sixth place following a 17-over par 585 (294-291).
Although the Buckeyes as a team are in sixth place, the 81-man field is chasing an Ohio State golfer with Frederik Hammer leading by one stroke. He carded one of five sub-70 rounds during the afternoon flight to post an aggregate score on Saturday of three-under par 139 (70-69).
Two of Liberty's five golfers in the field are currently ranked inside the top ten, as both senior Niklas Lindstrom (73-70) and junior Mathieu Fenasse (68-75) are tied for ninth place with a one-over par 143.
Lindstrom had a stronger afternoon showing, offsetting four bogeys with five birdies to post his team-leading 13th round at par or better this season.
Fenasse posted his lowest round of the season during the morning flight. He carded his first round in the 60s since his winning third-round score at last year's Big South Men's Golf Championship thanks to five birdies and two bogeys during his round time around the course.
Chase Marinell bettered his individual score by three strokes during his second round, moving up the leaderboard 13 spots to stand in a tied for 16th place with a three-over par 145 (74-71). The senior played steady golf during the afternoon, carding 16 pars and a single birdie and bogey.
Ian McConnell is tied for 37th place with an eight-over par 150 (73-77). The second time around the Scarlett Course was not as kind to the senior, as he bogeyed seven of the back nine holes.
Liberty's final golfer in the field is Harrison Winger, who is tied for 52nd place following a 10-over par 152 (75-77). The sophomore did manage to birdie three holes on Saturday, but was unable to overcome 11 bogeys and a first-round double bogey.
The Flames will play their last round of the regular season tomorrow when they return to The Ohio State Golf Club for the final round of the 2014 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. The Flames will be sent off the No. 1 tee with golfers beginning play at 8:30 a.m.
The 18-hole run will be Liberty's last round before the Flames travel to Ninety Six, S.C., for the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship (April 21-23). Liberty will be looking to claim its third Big South title in the last four seasons.