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Strong Second Day Puts Flames in First Place
For the second day in a row, Liberty found the Kilmarlic Golf Course to its liking, allowing the Flames to climb atop the leaderboard following two rounds of action at ODU-Outerbanks Collegiate Golf Tournament.
Liberty fired its best 18-hole team total since carding the same score during the opening round of last year's ODU-Outerbanks Collegiate Golf Tournament. During both rounds, Liberty carded a 12-under par 276 and now leads the 18-team field by one stroke.
The team title will come down to the only ranked programs in the field, when the golfers return to the par-72, 6,535-yard trek tomorrow for one final round of golf.
Liberty, who is ranked No. 37 in the latest Golfstat rankings, is in first place with a two-day aggregate 19-under par 557 (281-276). No. 28 Georgia is the only other team in the field in red figures, as the Bulldogs are in second place with an 18-under par 558 (271-287).
Big South foe Winthrop stands in third place with a one-over par 577 (291-286), followed by tournament host Old Dominion, who is in fourth place with a five-over par 581 (289-292).
Georgia's T.J. Mitchell continues to pace the 90-man field, leading by one stroke with a 10-under par 134 (64-70).
The Flames currently have three golfers in the top five of the field, starting with Robert Karlsson, who is in second place one shot behind Mitchell with a nine-under par 135 (67-68).
For the second day in a row, Karlsson took advantage of the par-5s on the Kilmarlic Golf Course, posting eagles on No. 4 and No. 12. He offset a pair of birdies with his first two bogeys of the Flames' fall-end event, to post a third round below par this season.
Liberty sophomores Chase Marinell (72-67) and Ian McConnell (71-68) share fifth place, finishing the second round with a two-day total of five-under par 139.
Marinell tied for the low round on Tuesday, aided by seven birdies during his second round. He posted under-par scores on three of his first five holes, but gave two back with bogeys on No. 8 and 9. However, he finished strong with four birdies on his closing nine, including three in a row on holes No. 12, 13 and 14 to card his lowest 18-hole total of his Liberty career.
McConnell had matching front and back nine cards with a par of 34s, posting three birdies and a bogey on both sides of the course.
Niklas Lindstrom started his second round strong, birding two of his first four holes. However, a pair of double bogeys and five additional bogeys saw the sophomore card a score that was eight shots higher than his first day score. Entering the final round, Lindstrom is tied for 51st place with a six-over par 150 (71-79).
Max McKay, Liberty's final golfer in the field, had a five-shot improvement on the second day, moving up to a share of 59th place with a seven-over par 151 (78-73). The junior's day-two scorecard saw several different scores, including an eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.
The Flames will conclude their fall schedule with one final 18 holes of competition tomorrow. Liberty will tee it up alongside golfers from Elon and Winthrop, with the three teams heading off the No. 10 tee at the Kilmarlic Golf Course, starting at 9:33 a.m.