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Golf Opens Fall Finale in Second Place
Liberty was one of two teams in the 18-team ODU-Outerbanks Collegiate Golf Tournament to finish in red numbers on Sunday, helping the Flames open their last fall event in second place.
Liberty and Georgia, the only two teams in the tournament's field ranked in the latest Golfstat rankings, stand several shots clear of the rest of the field following 18 holes of action at the Kilmarlic Golf Course.
No. 28 Georgia blistered the par-72, 6,535-yard trek, carding a 17-under par 271 to lead the Flames by 10 strokes. No. 37 Liberty fired its best team round of the fall, securing second place with a seven-under par 281.
Maryland is in a distant third place following a level par round of 288, while tournament host Old Dominion is in fourth place after an opening round one-over par 289.
Included in the 18-team field is a pair of Big South programs, with Winthrop sharing fifth place with a three-over par 291 and Radford in seventh place with a four-over par 292.
Georgia has the top two golfers in the 89-man field, after T.J. Mitchell opened up the three-day, 54-hole event with an eight-under par 64. He was followed by his fellow teammate Keith Mitchell, who carded a seven-under par 65.
Liberty's Robert Karlsson stands in third place, following his best 18-hole total since the closing round of the 2010-11 season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Karlsson's 18-hole card was blemish free, as the senior fired a five-under par 67. He birdied two of the five par-5 holes on the course, along with two birdies on par-4 holes and a final under-par score on the par-3, No. 5 hole.
Two other Flames finished below par, rounding out 14 different golfers who finished the day in red figures.
Niklas Lindstrom and Ian McConnell both completed their day with a one-under par 71, good enough to share 10th place along with three other golfers.
Lindstrom, who carded his third-best 18-hole total since joining the Flames' roster, offset three bogeys and a double bogey with six birdies to finish one shot below par. The sophomore got off to a tough start, bogeying two of his first three holes, but had five of his six birdies on his back nine to get back into red figures.
McConnell finished below par for the third time in his career, getting off to a two-under start after his first three holes. The sophomore, who started his day at the No. 10 tee, birdied the par-5, No. 4 hole to get back to two-under par before giving a shot back at the par-4, No. 7 hole.
Chase Marinell rounded out Liberty's top four golfers, as he stands tied for 15th place after an even-par 72. Bogeys on holes No. 17 and No. 2 dropped Marinell back to one-over par, but he finished the day off with a birdie on his last hole, the par-5, No. 9 hole, to get back to level par.
Max McKay, Liberty's final golfer in the field, got off to a strong start with a birdie on the par-4, No. 10 hole. However, the rest of the round would see the junior card five bogeys and a double bogey on the par-5, No. 12 hole to close out the day tied for 69th place with a six-over par 78.
The Flames, along with Georgia and Maryland, will be the final three teams to head off the No. 1 tee on the Kilmarlic Golf Course tomorrow morning, starting at 10 a.m., for the middle round of the three-day event.