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Flames in Sixth Place at Rees Jones Invitational
Most teams in the Rees Jones Invitational field found better scores during the afternoon flight, including Liberty, whose six-shot improvement helped the Flames climb to sixth place after 36 holes of competition.
Ten teams in the 13-team field showed improvement during the second round on the par-72, 7,380-yard Haig Point Golf Course.
Liberty's improvement pulled the Flames with 12 shots of first day leader Iowa State, who leads the field by four strokes after firing an 18-over par 594 (298-296).
South Carolina carded the best round of the day during the afternoon flight to climb into second place with a 22-over par 598 (305-293).
The next six teams on the leaderboard find themselves within six shots of each other. Wake Forest leads the cluster and is in third place overall with a 26-over par 602 (306-296).
The Flames are four shots behind the Demon Deacons and in sixth place overall, as Liberty finished Monday's rounds with a 36-hole aggregate total of 30-over par 606 (306-300).
Just one golfer in the 66-man field found great success on Monday. Iowa State's Nate McCoy holds a seven-stroke lead over the rest of the field. The Cyclone golfer carded back-to-back sub-par rounds and stands at six-under par 138 (68-70).
Wake Forest's Lee Bedford (74-71) and South Carolina's Dykes Harbin (72-73) are tied for second place with a one-over par 145, while Kennesaw State's Ben Greene is in fourth place with a two-over par 146 (77-69).
The Flames, who finished tied for first at last year's Rees Jones Invitational, are once again being paced by senior golfer Robert Karlsson.
Karlsson, who finished last year's event tied for second place individually, finds himself in a four-way tie for 11th place with a five-over par 149 (74-75).
Liberty's next two golfers had opposite days and are tied for 19th place with a seven-over par 151. Chase Marinell found the morning flight more to his liking and carded a two-over par 74, but added three more strokes during the afternoon with a five-over par 77.
Ian McConnell struggled out of the gates and finished his first 18 holes with a seven-over par 79, but the sophomore rebounded with his second round at par this season during the afternoon to share the same position as Marinell.
Rounding out Liberty's golfers is Max McKay, who is tied for 35th place with an 11-over par 155 (79-76) and Andrew Colvin, who is tied for 56th place with a 17-over par 161 (80-81).
The Flames will return to the Haig Point Golf Course, tomorrow morning, to conclude the 54-hole event, the third of four fall tournaments.