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Big South Medalist Karlsson Leads LU to Third
Karlsson's six-under par 66 helped the sophomore jump over top first and second round leader Dan Obremski of Coastal Carolina to take home individual medalist honors with a seven-under par 209.
Following behind Karlsson was Charleston Southern's Kelvin Day, who posted a four-under par 68 during the third round and finished alone in second place with a five-under par 211 (69-74-68).
Obremski took third place, as the senior golfer finished the last round with a four-over par 76 to fall to third place, finishing the three-day event with a one-under par 215 (67-72-76).
Despite the higher score by Obremski, Coastal Carolina was able hang on and captured its seventh-straight Big South Men's Golf title and 13th in program history. The Chanticleers survived a final day charge from both Charleston Southern and Liberty to claim this year's title.
Coastal Carolina finished the three-day event with a four-over par 868 (286-290-292), finishing four strokes ahead of second-place Charleston Southern, who carded an even par 288 on the day and an eight-over par 872 three-day total (298-286-288).
Liberty posted its first sub-par team round at the Big South Men's Golf Championship since the program joined the league in 1992. Prior to today's seven-under par 281, yesterday's even par 288 was the team's best 18-hole total at the event.
Liberty was one of only three teams to break par at this year's event and its final day round was the best 18-hole team total at this year's Big South Men's Golf Championship. The final day total was the fifth-best 18-hole team total in Big South Championship history.
The third-place finish helped the Flames post a three-day nine-over par 873, its best 54-hole total in program history at the league championship event. Prior to this year's posting, Liberty's best 54-hole total at a Big South Championship was 18-over par 882 in 2000, when the Flames finished fourth at the Greenwood Country Club.
Karlsson (73-70-66-209) posted the second-lowest 18-hole total of his collegiate career, second only to his opening round seven-under par 65 at the Renaissance Invitational early this year.
The 209 by Karlsson ties Liberty's best individual 54-hole total at the Big South Championship, matching Yong Joo's seven-under par 209 in 2000 that helped the former Liberty golfer to earn individual medalist honorees at that year's championship event, the first and only golfer to take home the honor prior to Karlsson.
The sophomore, who was also named Big South Golfer of the Year after the event was over based upon his regular-season play, posted a bogey-free day and went the last 32 holes of the championship event without an over-par score. On the day, Karlsson finished by hitting 11-of-14 fairways and 16-of-18 greens in regulation.
For the second time in his career, Karlsson will be representing the Flames at the NCAA Regionals in May, as the sophomore receives an automatic bid to the event as the conference's individual medalist.
Max McKay followed behind Karlsson and finished tied for fourth place with a one-over par 217 (78-69-70). On the final day, the rookie, who was named Big South Freshman of the Year alongside Karlsson, carded his second sub-par round with a two-under par 70.
The freshman got to five-under on the day, but bogeyed the last two holes to finish up his 14th round of his rookie season at par or better.
Jordan Frye was the third Liberty golfer to find red figures during the final 18 holes of completion, as the sophomore carded a two-under par 70, helping him finish in a tie for 10th place with a four-over par 220 (78-72-70).
The sophomore carded seven birdies and five bogeys on the day, but three of the five over-par scores came on holes No. 15, 16 and 17, dropping him back to his two-under par 70.
Preston Dembowiak finished in a three-way tie for 25th place along with Winthrop's Brad Sill, as both golfers finished the three-day event with a 12-over par 228.
Dembowiak (75-77-76) posted a four-over par 76 on the day. The 2009 Big South all-conference golfer was able to comeback from a triple bogey seven on No. 2, but bogeyed three of the last four holes to fall back to four-over par.
Liberty's final golfer in the conference championship event rankings was Stephen Dooley, who carded his best 18-hole total on the week. The junior posted a three-over par 75 and 30th place with a 19-over par 235 (81-79-75). He counteracted seven bogeys with four birdies to help the Flames to post their seven-under par 281.
The Flames will return to action on May 1-2 when they travel up to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the Cavalier Classic. The two-day, 54-hole event, which will be played at the Birdwood Golf Course, will be the last event for Liberty to qualify an at-large golfer for the upcoming NCAA Regionals.