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Flames in Fourth Place at Border Olympics
No. 30 Liberty could not keep up the torrent pace set by No. 18 Arkansas, No. 28 Oklahoma and Baylor, dropping the Flames into fourth place following the first two rounds at the Border Olympics.
The Razorbacks, the Sooners and the Bears each carded rounds in the 270s during the first day of competition at the Houston-hosted event on the par-72, 7,125-yard Laredo Country Club.
Arkansas (280-273) and Oklahoma (271-282) stand atop the 19-team leaderboard with a 23-under par 553, followed by Baylor who stands in third place with a 14-under par 562 (287-275).
The Flames tried to stay in stride with the top trio during the opening 18 holes of play. Liberty posted an eight-under par 280, the team's fourth-lowest 18-hole total of the 2010-11 season, during the morning flight.
However, the Flames could not card a repeat showing during the second 18 holes of play, as Liberty is in fourth place with a nine-under par 567 (280-287) and is 14 strokes off the pace set by Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Twenty-six players in the 100-player field were able to finish the first day of competition in red figures, led No. 51 Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas. The reigning SEC Golfer of the Week posted the low round of the day, a second-round, eight-under par 64, and leads the field with an aggregate 11-under par 133 (69-64).
Oklahoma's Will Kropp (66-69) and No. 50 Michael Whitehead of Rice (68-67) are tied for second place with a nine-under par 135, followed Baylor's Cody Paladino (69-68) and New Mexico State's Gaston De La Torre (67-70) with a seven-under par 137.
Liberty's Max McKay is one of three golfers tied for sixth place with a six-under par 138 (68-70). The sophomore, who has broken par in four of his last five rounds, birdied 11 of his 36 holes of play on Friday, including birdies on four of eight par-5 holes.
Robert Karlsson, the field's top-ranked golfer at No. 24, was in the mix after an opening round four-under par 68. However, the junior could not overcome two bogeys and a triple-bogey eight on the par-five 584-yard opening hole to finished the day tied for 25th place with a one-under par 143 (68-75).
Chase Marinell and Preston Dembowiak, two Liberty golfers ranked at No. 206 and No. 213, respectively, are two of seven golfers tied for 25th place with an even par 144.
Dembowiak offset six birdies with a half-dozen bogeys during the first 36 holes of competition to post back-to-back even par rounds of 72.
Marinell could not overcome a triple-bogey seven on his second of play, the par-four 418-yard eighth hole and posted a two-over par 74 to open the morning flight. However, the freshman fought back during the afternoon with five birdies to help him post a four-shot improvement with a two-under par 70 to get back to level par for the event.
Ian McConnell, who is competing for the Flames for the first time during the spring season, opened the first day with an even par 72. However, the rookie had six bogeys during the afternoon flight en route to a four-over par 76, which places him tied for 55th place with a four-over par 148.
Liberty will tee it up alongside the top three other top teams in the 19-team field tomorrow morning to conclude the 54-hole event at the Laredo Country Club. Golfers from Liberty, Arkansas, Baylor and Oklahoma will take to the first four holes on the 7,125-yard trek, starting at 8 a.m. for the concluding round of the event.