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Flames Take Second at Rain Shortened Event
The Flames had to wait an extra day to get onto the world renowned Inverness Club, eventually taking second place in an abbreviated Inverness Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be a two-day, 54-hole event at the same course that has hosted four U.S. Opens (1920, 1931, 1957 and 1979) and two PGA Championships (1986 and 1993).
However, soaking rains throughout Monday morning in the Toledo area washed away the day and forced tournament officials to shorten the event by 36 holes.
The event turned into a three-team race during the afternoon, with Kent State taking the title by four strokes over Liberty.
Kent State, who finished last year ranked No. 32 in the final Golfweek rankings, fired a three-over par 287, while Liberty, who was ranked No. 33 in the same listing, carded a seven-over par 291. Tournament host Toledo finished in third place with an eight-over par 292.
The star-studded, 11-team field also included three other Top 50 programs from last season. No. 34 Michigan and No. 6 Florida finished tied for seventh with a 17-over par 301, while No. 23 Ohio State found itself in last place, following a 21-over par 305.
A total of three players were able to find red figures on the day, paced by tournament medalist Dugan Murphy of Toledo. The senior had a completely clean card, finishing with five birdies and 13 pars to card a five-under par 66 and win the event by four strokes.
Kent State's Taylor Pendrith and Florida's T.J. Vogel shared second place, with both golfers finishing the day with a one-under par 70.
The Flames were led by Robert Karlsson, who finished in a three-way tie for fourth place with an even-par 71. A birdie two on the par-3, No. 12 hole broke a string of 11-consecutive pars to open Karlsson's round; however, the senior gave the stroke back three holes later with a bogey on the par-4, No. 15 hole.
Chase Marinell followed one stroke behind Karlsson and finished tied for seventh with a one-over par 72. The sophomore offset a double bogey and two bogeys on the front nine with four birdies and a bogey on the back to miss level par by a single stroke.
Ian McConnell was one shot off Marinell's pace, carding a two-over par 73. The sophomore was at one-under par after a birdie on the par-4, No. 9 hole, but had two bogeys and a double bogey during a five-hole stretch on the back nine to finish two shots above par.
Similar to McConnell, Max McKay was in red figures midway through his round after two birdies and a bogey during his opening 12 holes. But the junior had three bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4, No. 14 hole to eventually drop him back to four-over par 74 on the day and McKay finished tied for 25th place.
The Flames had two final golfers in the 69-man field, with Mathieu Fenasse rounding out head coach Jeff Thomas' starting five by finishing tied for 54th place with an eight-over par 79. Niklas Lindstrom finished tied for 25th place as an individual, carding a four-over par 75.
The Flames will travel to Daufuskie Island, S.C., for the third event on their four-tournament fall schedule to participate in the Rees Jones Intercollegiate on Oct. 3-4.
The two-day, 54-hole event will be contested at the Haig Point Golf Course, where Liberty finished tied for first place with Kennesaw State during last year's event. Karlsson paced the Flames by finishing the tournament tied for second with a four-over par 220 (73-74-73).