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Karlsson Receives Big South Weekly Honors

February 2, 2012
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Robert Karlsson picked up the spring semester right where he left off in the fall, as the Liberty senior was named Big South Men's Golfer of the Week earlier today by the conference office.

For the second time this year and the ninth time in his four-year career at Liberty, Karlsson has been named the Big South Men's Golfer of the Week. The last time he won the honor came following Liberty's final fall event, where Karlsson finished in second place following a 13-under par 203 (67-68-68) at the ODU/Outerbanks Collegiate Golf Tournament.

For the second year in a row, Karlsson opened the spring semester with a Top 5 finish at a Jacksonville-hosted event at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.

Karlsson fired a three-over par 219 (75-70-74) to finish tied for fourth place in the 69-man field, which included fellow Big South programs Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina.

Karlsson's second round two-under par 70 marked the fourth time the senior has fired a round at or below par in nine career rounds of golf at the home of the PGA Tour and the annual host of THE PLAYERS Championship each May.

Karlsson's performance allowed Liberty to secure a second-place finish in the field. The Flames, who came into the week ranked No. 30 by Golfweek and No. 36 by Golfstat, finished one spot ahead of No. 5/7 North Florida and only trailed No. 37/34 Florida in the 13-team field.

Individually, Karlsson finished the fall season ranked No. 28 by Golfweek and No. 58 by Golfstat. The native of Kalmar, Sweden, is also currently ranked No. 29 in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings, which is governed by the R&A and the USGA.

Karlsson and the Flames will once again go head-to-head with the Gators at Florida's SunTrust Gator Invitational on Feb. 11-12.

The 54-hole event will be contested at Florida's home course, the Mark Bostic Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla., and will feature a field considered the third-strongest field during the spring collegiate golf season.