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Flames Finish Cleveland Golf Palmetto in Fourth

March 6, 2012
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Niklas Lindstrom had his second straight Top 20 finish and third of the season, finishing 16th at the Cleveland Palmetto Golf Intercollegiate.

Liberty carded the third-best round of the day on Tuesday, allowing the Flames to move up the leaderboard and finish the 15th annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in fourth place.

No. 31/33 Liberty (Golfweek/Golfstat) circled the par-70, 6,617-yard Palmetto Golf Course at six-over par, allowing the Flames to finish the 54-hole event with a 27-over par 867 (291-290-286).

The fourth-place showing allowed Liberty to finish the USC-Aiken hosted event among the top four programs for the fourth year in a row.

No. 13/13 Clemson captured the team title, as the Tigers posted a 14-over par 854 (286-285-283) to edge out No. 35/28 Virginia by one stroke (292-278-285-855).

Finishing in between the Flames and Cavaliers was South Carolina, who carded a 23-over par 863 (286-284-293).

Three other Top 50 ranked teams were among the remaining programs in the 18-team field. No. 51/46 East Carolina finished fifth with a 28-over par 868 (290-285-293), No. 50/47 Augusta State finished in seventh with a 34-over par 874 (299-282-293) and No. 25/26 Chattanooga was in ninth place with a 37-over par 877 (294-289-294).

Virginia's Ben Kohles, who currently is ranked No. 58 in the latest Golfweek individual rankings, captured individual medalist honors. The Cavaliers' senior golfer secured his second career title at this event by finishing one shot clear of the 90-man field with a two-under par 208 (69-79-69). He also was the individual medalist in 2010.

Finishing just behind him was Clemson's Crawford Reeves with a one-under par 209 (69-70-70), followed by Virginia's Ben Rusch, who finished in third place with a two-over par 212 (74-69-69).

Kohles and Rusch were two of seven golfers on Tuesday to circle the fourth oldest golf course in the country under par. Joining the group of seven was Liberty's Robert Karlsson, who posted his seventh career sub-par round at the Palmetto Golf Course.

Karlsson (74-71-69), who is ranked No. 23 in the country, finished today with a one-under par 69, which allowed him to share fifth place with East Carolina's Harold Varner (69-77-68) with a four-over par 214.

Niklas Lindstrom closed out the event with his third lowest round of the year, allowing the sophomore to climb into a share of 14th place with a seven-over par 217 (73-74-70).

Chase Marinell (72-73-76) and Mathieu Fenasse (76-72-73) both finished tied for 31st place with an 11-over par 221, while Ian McConnell rounded out Liberty's golfers in 40th place with a 13-over par 223 (72-77-74).

The Flames will have the next week-plus to prepare for the next event, the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships. During the three-day event in Sarasota, Fla., Liberty will square off against five of the top programs in the country in match play. The event, hosted by South Florida at the Concession Golf Club, will be played on March 18-20.