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Flames Hold Day One Lead at River Landing
A two-hour weather delay during the morning allowed the field at the River Landing Intercollegiate to only complete 27 holes of action on Friday. When the Flames were allowed on the course, Liberty took advantage of its chances, as they lead the tournament going into the final day of action.
The opening 18 holes of the 54-hole event wrapped midway through the afternoon on Friday, with No. 39/37 Liberty (Golfweek/Golfstat) leading the way with a five-under par 283.
The Flames were one of three teams to circle the River Landing Golf Course under par during the opening round. Liberty led a pair of ACC foes after 18 holes, with N.C. State and Maryland sharing second place with a two-under par 286.
North Carolina followed with a one-over par 289 to take fourth place after the opening round, while Duke, the field's top ranked program at No. 18/15, finds itself in fifth place with a three-over par 291.
Defending tournament champion and host No. 37/30 East Carolina could not find the same touch on Friday that allowed the Pirates to claim a three-stroke victory over Liberty at the same event last year. East Carolina was 10th out of 12 teams following the first 18 holes with a 16-over par 304.
The 12-team field returned to the par-72, 6,901-yard course during the afternoon, but was only able to complete nine additional holes before darkness overtook the course.
Liberty's top billing after the first 18 holes was due in part to four of its five starters carding rounds at level par or better.
Pacing the way was Robert Karlsson, who fired his eighth sub-70 round of the season. The senior, who individually ranks No. 40 in the latest Golfweek rankings, is tied with Maryland's Jordan Sweet, with both golfers posting a four-under par 68 during the opening round.
Niklas Lindstrom is one of nine golfers who shares fifth place after carding a one-under par 71, giving the sophomore his eighth round at par or better this season.
Chase Marinell and Mathieu Fenasse are two of 12 golfers in a logjam at 14th place after an even par round of 72, while Ian McConnell rounds out Liberty's starting five in 42nd place after a three-over par 75.
The Flames also took two individual golfers along with them to Wallace, N.C. Jacob Mast finished in a tie for 70th after an eight-over par 80, followed by Jordan Frye's share of 73rd place with a nine-over par 81.
The 78-man field will return to the River Landing Golf Club in the morning to resume the second round of action before concluding the event with 18 final holes of action during the afternoon.