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Flames Finish Season Opener in Seventh Place
The final round of the 2011 Gopher Invitational saw considerable amount of movement among the teams, but not enough for the Flames to make any significant improvements in their final leaderboard position.
Only four teams in the tournament's 14-team field remained in the same position, as they started earlier on Monday morning. Scores on the day were higher than those during the opening 36 holes on Sunday, including Liberty closing out the event with a 15-over par 303.
Despite their highest 18-hole team total of the event, Liberty was able to move up the leaderboard one spot and finished in seventh place, following a 32-over par 896 (300-293-303).
Arkansas captured the team title. The Razorbacks, who finished last year ranked No. 15 in the Golfweek rankings, posted a 16-over par 880 (290-291-299).
North Texas, last year's No. 41 ranked program, finished in second place with a 19-over par 883 (294-296-293), followed closely behind by Notre Dame, who posted a 20-over par 884 (282-295-307) to take home third place.
Liberty finished in seventh place, just one shot behind Iowa, last year's No. 17 ranked program, who took fifth place with a 31-over par 895 (294-295-306).
A pair of Iowa golfers were the lone two in the 75-man field to finish in red figures, with Chris Brant (70-75-69-214/two-under par) edging out teammate Barrett Kelpin (69-71-75-215/one-under par).
Two-time Big South Golfer of the Year Robert Karlsson paced the way for the Flames, as he finished the 54-hole event in a four-way tie for 14th place. After leading the field in par-3 scoring, Karlsson carded a six-over par 222 (77-71-74).
Ian McConnell finished two shots behind his fellow teammate and shared 22nd place, following an eight-over par 224 (75-72-77). Chase Marinell was one shot behind him and took home 27th place with a nine-over par 225 (75-73-77).
Rounding out Liberty's golfers in their season-opening event was Niklas Lindstrom, who finished tied for 42nd place with a 15-over par 231 (79-77-75), and Jordan Frye, who finished tied for 45th place with a 16-over par 232 (73-79-80).
The Flames will have the next two weeks off, before the make the trek north to Toledo, Ohio to play the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational, hosted at the world famous Inverness Club.
The two-day, 54-hole event is hosted by Toledo and will be contested on Sept. 26 and 27.