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Golf Takes Seventh Place at VCU Shootout

September 28, 2010
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Max McKay finished tied for 10th place with an even par 216 at the VCU Shootout.

Liberty fired the third-best round of the final day, but it wasn't good enough to help the Flames climb up the leaderboard. Liberty carded a two-over par 290 and finished in seventh place at the VCU Shootout in a 54-hole event finished up on Tuesday.

Scores were much higher during the final round, as first-day leader UNC Wilmington nearly let a seven-stroke lead vanish on the par-72, Hermitage Country Club course.

After firing a 12-under par 276 to close out play on Monday, the Seahawks carded a 10-over par 298 today, which allowed them to hold on for a one-shot victory with a two-under par 862 (288-276-298).

The only other team to finish the 54-hole event in red figures was Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons fell just a shot shy of the team victory. Wake Forest finished the event with a one-under par 863 (285-289-289) after carding the second-best 18-hole total on Tuesday.

Liberty completed its second tournament of the fall in seventh place, as the Flames finished with a 12-over par 876 (295-291-290).

Liberty's two-over par 290 on Tuesday was the third-best 18-hole total and helped the Flames finish ahead of eighth-place Virginia Tech (13-over par 877), ninth-place Iowa State (14-over par 878) and host VCU (16-over par 880), who finished in 10th place.

Sophomore Max McKay posted his second sub-par round to finish the event in a tie for 10th-place with an ever-par 216 (70-75-71). After opening with consecutive pars, McKay would only card one additional par during the next 10 holes.

During the stretch, he had a double bogey, three bogeys and five birdies, while a birdie on his 15th hole of the day, a par-5, allowed him to post the one-under par 71 and claim a share of 10th place.

Robert Karlsson was one of five golfers in the 78-man field to break 70 on Tuesday, as the sophomore fired a three-under par 69. The score, which was aided by four birdies and bogey during the final round, allowed Karlsson to finish the event tied for 17th place with a two-over par 218 (76-73-69).

Chase Marinell posted his second Top 25 finish of his early collegiate career, as the rookie finished the event tied for 23rd place with a three-over par 219 (74-69-76). A birdie on No. 2 and an eagle on the par-5, No. 5 hole trimmed a five-over score back three strokes, but Marinell dropped shots on his last two holes to close the event with a four-over par 76.

Preston Dembowiak, the reigning Big South Golfer of the Week, struggled to regain his form from Liberty's last tournament and finished tied for 37th place with a seven-over par 233 (75-74-74). The senior opened the day with bogeys on two of his first three holes, followed by three more bogeys and three birdies to finish the final round with a two-over par 74.

Ian McConnell, Liberty's final golfer in the event, finished the day in the same spot he started, as the rookie posted his second-straight 76 to finish in 63rd place with a 13-over par 299 (77-76-76). The freshman struggled out of the gates, as a double bogey-bogey stretch left him five-over after eight holes. However, he was able to regroup with birdies on holes No. 1 and No. to help him post a four-over par 76 on the closing day.

The Flames will return to the golf links next weekend, when Liberty travels to Daufuskie Island, S.C., to participate in the Reese Jones Intercollegiate.

The Michigan State hosted event, which will be contested at Haig Point Golf Course, is a two-day, 54-hole event that starts on Monday.