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Golf Drops Two Spots at Golfweek Challenge
Tougher course conditions on Monday forced higher scores all around, as only three programs broke par on the second day at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Liberty finds itself in eighth place.
Iowa, who is hosting the event at the par-72, 7,360-yard Spirit Hollow Golf Course, followed up its blistering 20-under par 268 with a three-under par 285 and holds a commanding leading at 23-under par 553.
Campbell fired the best 18 holes on the middle day of the three-day event, as the Camels carded a five-under par 283 and shares second place with a four-under par 572 (289-283). Campbell shares second place with North Carolina (283-289-572), who carded a one-over par 289 on Monday.
Rounding out the top five programs in the event, which features 12 Top 75 programs from last season, are New Mexico (288-285) and Baylor (285-288). Both programs are currently the last of the 15 teams in the field to be in red figures at three-under par 573.
Following a seven-over par 295 on Monday, Liberty now stands in eighth place with an eight-over 584 (289-295) and is 31 strokes behind clubhouse leader Iowa.
The Hawkeyes have three of the top six golfers in the tournament, starting with Vince India, who carded a six-under par 66 today and leads the event with an eight-under par 136 (70-66).
Nevada's Scott Smith (68-69) and Iowa's Brad Hopfinger (65-72) are tied for second place at seven-under par 137. First round leader Chris Brant of Iowa fell to fifth place at five-under par 139, following an 11-stroke difference from his opening round score (64-75).
The Flames are currently paced by Robert Karlsson and Chase Marinell, as both golfers are tied for 19th place with an even par 144.
Karlsson bogeyed two of his first five holes to quickly drop to two-over par for the day and one-over par for the event. However, the 2010 Big South Golfer of the Year righted the ship with a birdie on the par-3, No. 7 hole. On the back side, the junior traded a bogey on No. 11 with a birdie on No. 17 to finished the day at one-over par 73 and even par 144 (71-73).
Marinell got off to the hot start, as the freshman posted birdies on No. 3, 4 and 9 to make the turn at three-under par. However, the rookie posted bogeys on No. 13, 15 and 17, three of the seven toughest holes on the day, to drop back to even. A birdie four on the closing par-5 gave the freshman his first collegiate sub-par round (71) and a share of 19th place with Karlsson at 144 (73-71).
Preston Dembowiak matched Marinell's start briefly by birding the par-3 No. 3 hole. But the lone senior in Liberty's starting line-up carded bogeys on No. 7, 8 and 15 to finish the day at two-over par and is tied for 28th with a two-over par 146 (72-74).
After carding a one-over par 73 yesterday, Ian McConnell, Liberty's second freshman playing at this event, could not find the same success during his second collegiate round. The Riverview, Fla., native posted five bogeys over a seven-hole stretch on the front and then closed the day with a double-bogey seven to post a seven-over 79 and is tied for 49th with an eight-over par 152 (73-79).
Max McKay, Liberty's final golfer in the field of 75, continued to struggle for the second day in row, posting five bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies to card a five-over par 77. Last year's Big South Freshman of the Year is tied for 57th place with a nine-over par 153 (76-77).
The Flames will return to the Spirit Hollow Golf Course links tomorrow morning for the third and final round of their season opening event. The final round is slated for a shotgun start, with all golfers going off various tees at 8:30 a.m. Liberty's five will start the day on holes No. 7, 8, 9 and 10.