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Strong Finish Lifts LU to Third-Place Finish
Liberty, who was hosting the 14-team event at the Spring Valley Golf Club for the second-straight year, fired a five-over-par 293 during the final round.
However, the Spiders bested Liberty by three strokes in the final round, while adding solid first and second rounds to secure the team title.
Richmond completed the 54-hole event with a two-over-par 866 (292-284-290), finishing 14 strokes in front of Gardner-Webb, who ended with a 16-over-par 880 (295-289-296).
The Flames carded their second-best 18-hole team total in the event on Tuesday to finish just one shot behind Gardner-Webb with a 17-over-par 881 (297-291-293) to round out the field's top three teams.
Richmond's Sam Beach carded a four-under-par 68 on Tuesday, tying the best single round of the two-day event. The Spiders' top golfer used five birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 528-yard No. 12 hole to overtake second-round leader and teammate Daniel Walker for individual medalist honors.
Beach was one of two golfers to finish the event in red numbers, as the golfer finished with a three-under-par 213 (73-72-68) on the par-72, 7,172 trek.
Joining Beach under the par-216 mark was William & Mary's Brandon Parker, who finished just one shot behind him with a two-under-par 214 (72-68-74). Richmond's Walker struggled on Tuesday with a four-over-par 76 to fall to third with an aggregate even mark of 216 (71-69-76).
Round 2 Recap
Several of Liberty's golfers were among the 35 golfers who had to return to the Spring Valley Golf Club early Tuesday morning to complete their second round, which was halted due to darkness late Monday evening.
Max McKay was the Flames' lone "A" team golfer needing to wrap up his round. The freshman shaved three strokes off his first round total, carding a two-over-par 74, thanks to a pair of back nine birdies. The rookie ended the second round tied for 38th with an aggregate seven-over-par 151 (77-74).
Liberty's top golfer following the second round was Robert Karlsson, as the Swedish golfer carded one of 19 under-par second rounds. The sophomore was at four-under-par following a birdie on the par-5, 528-yard No. 12 hole.
But a double bogey on the course's second-hardest hole, the par-4, 445-yard No. 14, cut his red numbers in half. Kalsson finished with a two-under-par 70 and entered the third round in a tie for seventh place overall with an even-par 144 (74-70).
Andrew Nelson followed Karlsson, carding a one-under-par 71. The freshman had a bit of an up and down second round, tallying six birdies, three bogies and a double bogey, leaving the rookie at a seven-over-par 151 following two rounds of golf (80-71).
Liberty's final two "A" team golfers both shot over par in the second round, as Stephen Dooley and Preston Dembowiak fired rounds of 76 and 78.
Dooley overcame back-to-back bogies on No. 4 and No. 5 by birdying the par-4, 421-yard No. 6 hole. However, a bogey on No. 11 and a double-bogey six on No. 14 left the freshman in a tie for 48th place following 36 holes, with a four-over-par 148 (72-76).
Dembowiak carded a pair of birdies during his final 18 holes on Monday, but the sophomore could not overcome three bogeys and two double bogeys, leaving the Summerfield, N.C., native in a tie for 44th place at 10-over-par 152 (74-78).
Liberty's "B" team golfers were 22 strokes behind their "A" list golfers, but were led by the event's fourth-place golfer in Jordan Frye.
The freshman carded a one-under-par 71 during round two, bolstered by a stretch where he birdied four out of six holes. The red figure allowed the rookie to lower his two-round total to a one-under-par 143 (72-71), which left him just four shots off the overall individual pace.
The 76-player field was led by William & Mary's Brandon Parker (72-68) and Richmond's Daniel Walker (71-69) through 36 holes. Parker was one of two golfers to card a four-under-par 68 second round, giving him a share of the clubhouse lead heading into the final round.
Richmond had four of its five golfers inside the Top 20, led by Walker's pair of sub-par rounds. The Spiders found themselves eight shots clear of their nearest competitor, with an even-par 576 (292-284).
Gardner-Webb stood in second place with an eight-over-par 582 (295-289), followed by defending tournament champion Longwood at 11-over-par 587 (300-287). Liberty (297-291) and William & Mary (300-288) rounded out the Top 5 teams at 12-over-par 588.
Round 3 Recap
Preston Dembowiak saved his best round of the event for last, as the sophomore fired an even-par 72 to tie for the second-lowest round on the final day.
Back-to-back bogies on No. 4 and No. 5 sent the Summerfield, N.C., native out at two-over-par 38. But birdies on the pair of backside par 5s enabled Dembowiak to level his score on the day. For the event, the sophomore finished in a tie for 27th place, with an eight-over-par 224 (74-78-72).
Max McKay carded his second-straight two-over-par 74 to close out the event at nine-over-par 225 (77-74-74), good enough for a tie for 32nd place.
The freshman had an up-and-down front nine with three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey. On the final nine, a birdie on the par-5, 528-yard No. 12 hole was quickly followed up by a bogey on the par-3, 192-yard No. 13 hole, leaving the rookie to finish at two-over for the day.
Robert Karlsson was the Flames' most consistent golfer throughout the 54-hole event, carding a two-over-par 218 (74-70-74) to finish in a four-way tie for fifth place.
Karlsson opened the day strong, carding a birdie three on the par-4, 450-yard first hole. However, a bogey on No. 3 and a triple bogey seven on the par-4, 449-yard No. 7 hole saw the Flames leader go out in three-over-par 39.
The sophomore rebounded on the back nine, flanking a bogey on No. 13 with birdies on No. 12 and No. 14, allowing him to finish the day with a two-over-par round of 74.
Rounding out Liberty's top four golfers was Stephen Dooley, who finished tied for 17th with a five-over-par 221 (72-76-73). Three bogies and two birdies dotted the freshman's final round scorecard, helping the Flames secure a third-place team finish in the event.
Jordan Frye, who entered the final round in a tie for fourth place overall at one-under-par 143, was not able to rekindle his first and second-round success on Tuesday. The freshman carded a seven-over-par 79 on the final 18 holes, finishing up as Liberty's "B" team leader with a six-over-par 222 (72-71-79), in a tie for 22nd place overall.
Chris Watters enjoyed the most marked improvement for the "B" team on Tuesday, as the freshman fired an even-par 72, thanks to four birdies. He finished the tournament in a tie for 24th place with a seven-over-par 223 (73-78-720).