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Flames in Second Place at Rees Jones Invite
The Flames were one of three programs that were able to withstand a blustery afternoon, allowing Liberty to secure a sub-300 round and hold onto second place after 36 holes of play at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate on Monday.
No team in the field of 10 was able to accomplish the feat during the morning flight on the Haig Point Golf Course, where Liberty stood tied for third following a 20-over par 308.
The Flames bettered their team score by 13 shots during the afternoon round, allowing Liberty to climb into second place with a 27-over par 603 (308-295).
Kennesaw State posted the most consistent pair of rounds on Monday, allowing the Owls to head into the final 18 holes of competition with a 10-stroke lead.
Kennesaw State carded a 13-over par 301 during the morning and a nine-shot improvement has the Owls at 17-over par 593 (301-292) following two rounds on the par-72, 7,113-yard course.
Wofford had the best second-round improvement, as the Terriers rebounded from a 27-over par 315 during the morning flight to post a two-over par 290 to grab third place with a 29-over par (315-290).
Kennesaw State's Matt Nagy is the lone golfer in red figures in the field of 55, as Nagy stands atop the leaderboard with a one-under par 143 (70-73).
Wofford's Chandler Brazeal and Liberty's Niklas Lindstrom were the only two golfers to fire sub-70 rounds on Monday and stand in second and third place respectively.
Brazeal followed up a three-over par 75 round to open the morning with a three-under par 69 to claim second place with an even-par 144. Lindstrom, playing in his first team event for Liberty, opened with a five-over par 77 before matching Brazeal's three-under par 69. Lindstrom is just three shots off the pace, as the freshman stands in third place with a two-over par 146.
Robert Karlsson is just one spot behind his fellow Swedish teammate, as the junior is in fourth place with a three-over par 147 (73-74).
Liberty's next two golfers each showed improvement from the first to second round, beginning with Max McKay. The sophomore shaved two strokes off his opening round and finds himself in a share of 23rd place with a 12-over par 156 (79-77).
Preston Dembowiak had the second-best recovery for the Flames. The senior rebounded from an opening round nine-over par 81 to fire a three-over par 75 and is tied with McKay for 23rd place at 12-over par 156.
Chase Marinell, Liberty's final golfer in the field, was steady, carding back to back seven-over par rounds of 79 and is tied for 28th place with a 14-over par 158.
The Flames, along with the other nine teams in the Rees Jones Intercollegiate field, will return to the Haig Point Golf Course on Tuesday for a final 18 holes of competition to close out Liberty's second-to-last event of the fall season.