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Flames Set to Host Frank Landrey Invitational
Following three years of competition at the Poplar Grove Golf Course in Amherst, Va., Liberty's home collegiate golf event moved north to Spring Valley, a par-72, 7,081-yard championship golf course, last fall.
The Spring Valley Golf Club was designed by Ed Carton, the same architect who helped craft Sam Snead's Poplar Grove Golf Course, and is located just 15 miles outside of Charlottesville, Va.
During the event's inaugural run at Spring Valley on Oct. 13-14, 2008, Longwood fended off a late charge from Radford to capture the team title, as the Lancers carded a four-over-par 868 (286-292-290). Radford took second place with a 13-over-par 877 (301-289-287), followed by James Madison's 15-over-par 879 (292-290-297) to round out the tournament's Top 3 teams.
Brad Miller, a Richmond golfer who was competing as an individual, fired a six-under-par 210 (70-71-69) to take individual medalist honors. He finished three strokes ahead of Longwood's Scooter Buhrman (71-69-73-213), James Madison's Fielding Brewbaker (68-73-72-213) and South Carolina-Aiken's J.P. Solis (72-73-68-213), as the trio finished in a tie for second place.
Host Liberty had two teams compete in the event, with the Liberty "B" squad taking home sixth-place honors with a 26-over-par 890 (296-291-303), while the Flames "A" team finished one spot behind their teammates with a 29-over-par 893 (293-298-302).
Nathan Schenz-Davis was the Flames' top golfer, as the San Diego, Calif., native finished in a tie for ninth place with a one-over-par 217 (75-72-70) to pace the way for the Liberty "B" squad. Preston Dembowiak was Liberty's top golfer from the "A" team, finishing in 13th place with a two-over-par 218 (74-73-71).
This year's field includes eight returning teams, including defending champion Longwood. Joining the Lancers and the Flames in the 13-team field are returning programs Radford, James Madison, Richmond, Presbyterian, St. Bonaventure and High Point.
Liberty will also welcome five new programs to the two-day, 54-hole event, as Gardner-Webb, Drexel, William & Mary, St. Joseph's and George Mason will be making their first trek to Spring Valley this week.
The event kicks off with 36 holes of action on Monday, followed by a final 18 holes of competition on Tuesday.
Frank Landrey Invitational
Dates: Oct. 5-6, 2009 (36 holes on Oct. 5, 18 holes on Oct. 6)
Course: Spring Creek Golf Club
Location: Gordonsville, Va.
5. James Madison
8. High Point
9. William & Mary
11. St. Bonaventure
12. Saint Joseph's
13. George Mason
Virginia – 4
Liberty – 5
James Madison – 3
Richmond - 1