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Karlsson Helps Flames Finish in Eighth Place
Liberty carded the fourth-best round during the final 18 holes of competition, as the Flames jumped up two spots from yesterday, thanks to a seven-over par 295 on the day. Only Troy (288), Arkansas – Little Rock (292) and San Diego (293) were able to best the Flames' score on the par 72, 6,931 yard course, which annually hosts the PGA Tour's Zurich of New Orleans stop.
San Diego's 293 enabled the Toreros to claim the team title at this year's Mardi Gras Invitational, as they finished the two-day event with a six-over par 870 (290-287-293).
The Toreros' strong finish during the final 18 holes, allowed them to jump over first and second round leader N.C. State. The No. 23 ranked Wolfpack fired a 10-over par 298 on Tuesday to fall to second place with a tournament final nine-over par 873 (286-289-298).
Host New Orleans also struggled on the overcast and blustery day, as the Privateers finished their home event in third place, eight shots off the pace at 14-over par 878 (287-291-300).
Liberty's best round of the 54-hole event and the seventh-best round of the 2009-10 season helped the Flames jump up two spots on the final leaderboard. Facing one of the strongest fields it will see this season, Liberty finished in eighth place in the 15-team field with a 31-over par 895 (299-301-295).
Karlsson, along with San Diego's Alex Ching and Troy's Rourke Van Der Spuy, each carded three-under par 69s during the final round to lead the scoring on Tuesday.
Ching's second sub-par round at the event allowed the sophomore to capture individual medalist honors by six strokes. After opening the event with a tournament record 64, Ching finished atop the individual leaderboard at nine-under par 207 (64-74-69).
Finishing just behind Ching was N.C. State's Brad Revell, as the No. 82 ranked golfer in the country finished the two-day event with a three-under par 213 (69-70-74).
Karlsson bettered his Monday afternoon round by six strokes and fired his third sub-70 round of the season to finish in third place with a two-under par 214 (70-75-69).
For the Swedish golfer, it was his fourth Top 5 finish in seven events this season. The 214, his second-best 54-hole total of the season, also lowered his season average to 73.2, allowing the sophomore to recapture the spot as Liberty's season stroke leader.
Max McKay finished six strokes behind Karlsson on the day and at the tournament, as his three-over par 75 pushed him to 17th place at the event. The freshman, who has now finished in the Top 20 in his last three events, fired a four-over par 220 (73-72-75).
Preston Dembowiak pieced together his fourth-best round of the season, as the junior posted a one-over par 73 during the final day of competition to help him climb to a tie for 33rd place with a 12-over par 228 (75-80-73) in the overall event.
Stephen Dooley and Andrew Nelson rounded out Liberty's five golfers, with Dooley finishing tied for 51st with a 17-over par 233 (81-74-78). Nelson, playing in just his third event of the season, continued to show improvement each round over the previous one at the event to finish in 71st place with a 29-over par 245 (87-80-78).
After back-to-back tournaments on courses which host PGA Tour events, the Flames will return to more familiar grounds on March 8 and 9, when Liberty travels to Aiken, S.C., to participate in the 13th Annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.
At last year event, host USC Aiken (280-293-287-860) bested the second-place Flames (283-294-298) by 15 strokes to capture the team title, while Karlsson took home individual medalist honors with a one-under par 209 (67-73-69).