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Karlsson Nabs Big South Golfing Honor
Karlsson was one of three golfers to break 70 during the final round at the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational on Tuesday, enabling the sophomore to climb to a third-place finish in the event.
For the first time this season, the Kalmar, Sweden, native finished an event in red numbers, as Karlsson carded a two-under par 214 during the two-day tournament. Two of his three rounds finished below par, as he opened the event with a two-under par 70 and closed with a three-under par 69.
His final round 69 marked the sixth time in the sophomore's young golfing career he has shot a sub-70 round.
Karlsson finished the event, which was contested at the par-72, 6931-yard TPC Louisiana course, in third place. This marks the fourth time in six events this season and the fifth time in 15 career events that Karlsson has posted a Top 5 finish. He now leads the Big South conference with four Top 5 finishes this season.
The Big South honor is the second of Karlsson's career. Following a fifth-place finish at the Argonaut Invitational and an individual title at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate last year, Karlsson was named the Big South Men's Golfer of the Week on March 14. He is the second Flame to take home the weekly accolade this season, as freshman Max McKay was honored by the league with the same distinction on Nov. 6, 2009.
Karlsson finished six strokes ahead of McKay at the Mardi Gras Invitational, allowing him to reclaim the team's stroke average leader tag. Following 18 rounds of golf this season, Karlsson now has a 73.2 stroke average, as compared to McKay's 73.4 average. The scoring average leave Karlsson and McKay fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Big South this season.
The Flames will have the next full week off to prepare for their next event, as they will not return to the golf links until March 9 and 10 to participate in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C.
Karlsson will look to defend his individual medalist honor from last year's event, where he fired a one-under par 209 to best the field of 75 golfers. As a team, Liberty finished second out of 14 teams, losing only to host USC Aiken on the Palmetto Golf Club.