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LU in Sixth Place after First Round on Monday
Playing on one of the more famous courses in the United States, as the Jacksonville-event is being contested at the PLAYERS Stadium course at the TPC at Sawgrass, Liberty carded a 27-over par 315 during the morning flight, which saw high scores all around.
No. 23 Clemson was the only program to break 300 as a team. The Tigers fired a 10-over par 298. No. 39 East Tennessee State was four shots off the pace with a 14-over par 302, followed by East Carolina's 19-over par 307.
Clemson's Ben Martin was the lone golfer in the 75-man field to break par during the opening round, carding a one-under par 71 to stand atop the leaderboard after the first 18 holes. East Tennessee State's Michael Stewart and Charleston Southern's Kelvin Day were two shots behind Martin after firing one-over par rounds of 73.
Robert Karlsson posted the best opening round for the Flames, as the sophomore fired a three-over par 75 during the morning flight. The Swedish golfer birdied three of his first six holes to climb atop the leaderboard, before a three-hole stretch cost him five strokes to par and forced him to fall back to the field.
Max McKay finished his morning round two shots behind Karlsson. The freshman fired a five-over par 77. McKay struggled out of the gate, dropping four strokes on the first two holes, but the rookie managed to drop just one additional stroke over the next 16 holes.
Liberty's three other golfers could not break 80, as Stephen Dooley fired a nine-over par 81, Chris Watters carded a 10-over par 82 and Preston Dewbowiak finished his first 18 holes at 11-over par 83.
Before the horn blew to call the 75-man field back to the clubhouse at 6:11 p.m. due to darkness, scores continued to soar, allowing East Tennessee State to catch Clemson. With its golfers on their 15th and 16th holes, East Tennessee State is one-under par during the second round and finds itself in a share of the lead with Clemson at a combined 14-over par.
A pair of Clemson golfers stand atop the leaderboard. Corbin Mills is one-under par through 16 holes to lead the field with a two-round, one-over par. Martin is three-over par through 16 holes and is one stroke behind his fellow teammate with a two-round, two-over par.
McKay finds himself as Liberty's leading golfer. The freshman is four-over par through 16 holes to be in a five-way tie for 14th place at nine-over par. McKay opened the second round with a birdie, but a five-over par 41 on the back nine dropped him back down the leaderboard.
Karlsson is seven-over par through 16 holes and is tied for 19th place at 10-over par. Dembowiak is having the best second round by a Flame, as the junior is one-over par through 16 holes to stand in a tie for 27th place at 12-over par.
Rounding out Liberty's golfers are Dooley, who is four-over par through 15 holes to find himself tied for 36th at 13-over par and Watters, who is 12-over par through 16 holes to share 60th place at 22-over par.
Play is scheduled to resume at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow on the PLAYERS Stadium course with four holes remaining in the second round. Pairings on the par-72, 7,122 course will remain the same for the third round, which will begin shortly after the completion of the second round.