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Dembowiak Named Big South Golfer of the Week
Following a career outing at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, Liberty's Preston Dembowiak has been named this week's Big South Men's Golfer of the Week, as announced by the league earlier in the day.
Dembowiak finished in a six-way tie for ninth place at Liberty's season-opening event, carding a four-under par 212. The tournament field was one of the strongest in collegiate golf this season, as the 15-team field consisted of 12 programs who finished inside the 2009-10 Top 75 Golfweek team rankings.
The senior closed the event with a six-under par 66, after posting rounds of 72 and 74 to open the 54-hole Iowa hosted tournament at the Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
The six-under par 66 was the lowest round of Dembowiak's career and was tied for the fifth-lowest 18-hole score in program history. The 54-hole 212 bested Summerfield, N.C., native's previous career best outing of 213 at last year's Manor Intercollegiate.
Dembowiak's closing 18 helped the Flames to a program-record setting team score. Liberty carded a 17-under par 271, besting the program's previous 18-hole mark of 277, while the team's nine-under par 855 was the third-best 54-hole total in program history.
The four-under par 212 marked the fourth time in Dembowiak's career the golfer has posted a sub-par round at a collegiate event. His six-under par 66 on Tuesday marked the 13th career round for the senior at par or better.
Dembowiak and the rest of the Flames will remain much closer to home for their next event, as the Flames will travel across the Commonwealth to participate in the VCU Shootout, next Monday and Tuesday. The 54-hole event will be contested as the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.