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Liberty Tied for Fifth Following Day One Action
Following two rounds of golf at the 15th annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, Liberty finds itself tied with the top team in the country the last two years.
Liberty, ranked No. 31 by Golfweek and No. 33 by Golfstat, shares fifth place along with No. 50/47 Augusta State, the winner of the last two NCAA Division I Men's Golf National Championship team titles.
The Flames (291-290) and Jaguars (299-282) both completed 36 holes at the par-70, 6,617-yard Palmetto Golf Club at a 21-over par 581.
Liberty and Augusta State trail day one leaders South Carolina (286-284) and No. 35/28 Virginia (292-278) by 11 strokes after the two programs carded a 10-over par 570.
Clemson, the top-ranked team in the 18-team field at No. 13/13, is in third place with an 11-over par 571 (286-285). No. 51/46 East Carolina rounds out the top four programs in the field after the Pirates finished 36 holes of competition with a 15-over par 575 (290-285).
Only two golfers in the 90-man field were able to find red figures on the fourth oldest golf course in the country that opened in 1892.
Virginia's Ben Kohles, individually ranked No. 58 in the country, and Clemson's Crawford Reeves both finished the opening day at one-under par 139. The pair of golfers opened the day with a one-under 69 and closed with an even par 70 during the afternoon flight.
Similar scoring patterns followed for the next two golfers, as East Carolina's David Watkins (70-71) and South Carolina's Caleb Sturgeon (70-71) are tied for third with a one-over par 141.
Liberty's fifth-place showing is due in large part to a pair of Flames' golfers sharing 16th place with a five-over par 145.
Robert Karlsson, who is currently ranked No. 23 in the country, opened with a four-over par 74 and shaved three strokes off his afternoon route with a one-over 71.
Sharing 16th place with Karlsson is his teammate Chase Marinell, who opened with a two-over par 72 and followed with a three-over par 73 to close Monday's action at five-over par (145).
Liberty's next three golfers on the team scorecard all stand one shot away from each other, starting with Niklas Lindstrom. Karlsson's fellow countryman is tied for 33rd place, as the Swede finished Monday at seven-over par 147 (73-74).
Matthieu Fenasse is tied for 42nd place with an eight-over par 148 (76-72), followed by Ian McConnell, who dropped down the leaderboard during the afternoon and shares 46th place with a nine-over par 149 (72-77).
The Flames, who are looking for their fourth straight top four finish in the annual event hosted by USC-Aiken, will be sent off the No. 1 tee along with golfers from Augusta State and East Carolina, starting at 10:10 a.m., for the final 18 holes of competition.