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Liberty Loses Rees Jones Invite in Playoff
The Flames overcame a 10-shot deficit to force a playoff against Kennesaw State, but lost the team title in extra holes on Tuesday to conclude action at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate.
Liberty, who was the lone team in the field of 10 to break 300 during two of its three rounds, forced extra play with an 11-over par 299 on Tuesday. The Flames score was seven shots better than any other program during the final round (San Jose State shot an 18-over par 306).
First-day leader Kennesaw State carded its worst 18-hole score of the event, posting a 21-over par 309 on Tuesday to allow the Flames to finish the 54-hole event in a tie. Both team posted a 38-over par 902 (Liberty – 308-295-299, Kennesaw State – 301-292-309) on the par-72, 7,380-yard Haig Point Golf Course.
The two programs returned to hole No. 18, a scenic 510-yard par-5 closing hole, to determine a team champion by taking the best four of five scores.
Liberty's Robert Karlsson was the only Flame to birdie the hole, while the Owls countered with two birdies of their own to take the team title.
San Jose State finished a distant third with a 48-over par 912 (301-305-306), followed by Wofford in fourth place with a 60-over par 924 (315-290-319).
Liberty's fellow Big South foes Winthrop (308-309-334-951/87-over par) and Charleston Southern (323-314-321-958/94-over par) finished the event in eighth and ninth places, respectively.
Kennesaw State's Matt Nagy fired a closing round one-over par 73 to hold on for individual medalist honors. The Owls' top golfer was the lone golfer in the field of 55 to not finish over par, as the carded an even-par 216 (70-73-73).
Karlsson (73-74-73) and Wofford's Chandler Brazeal (75-69-76) finished the two-day event tied for second with a four-over par 220.
Niklas Lindstrom, Karlsson's fellow Swedish teammate, posted a fourth-place finish with a five-over par 221 (77-69-75), playing in his first team event for the Flames.
Chase Marinell had the third-best single round on Tuesday, carding a two-over par 74, which helped him climb into 14th place with an aggregate 16-over par 232 (79-79-74).
Preston Dembowiak (81-75-77-233/17-over par) and Max McKay (79-77-81-237/21-over par) rounded out Liberty's five golfers, finishing the event in 19th and 25th place respectively.
The Flames will close out their fall tournament schedule on Oct. 24-26, when Liberty travels to Powell Points, N.C., to participate in the ODU/OBX Collegiate Invitational. The 54-hole event will be hosted by Old Dominion at the Kilmarlic Golf Course.