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Golf Program Releases Fall Tournament Schedule
Liberty Golf Fall 2012 Schedule
Following a second straight Big South title and a Top 10 national finish, Liberty Head Golf Coach Jeff Thomas has announced the fall portion of his team's 2012-13 schedule.
The four-tournament slate features two tournaments Liberty participated in during the 2011-12 season and two new tournament stops for the Flames.
Liberty will open the season at the Northern Intercollegiate, Sept. 8-9. The two-day, 54-hole event will be hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The course hosted the 2007 NCAA Central Regional and served as the site for the 2009 Solheim Cup.
Nine days later, Liberty will look to get in more than just 18 holes at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational, Sept. 17-18. Liberty competed at the Toledo-hosted event last fall, but it was shortened to just one round due to inclement weather. Liberty finished the event in second place following a seven-over par 291.
The second familiar stop on Liberty's fall schedule will be the Rees Jones Intercollegiate, Oct. 1-2, at the Haig Point Golf Course in Daufuskie Island, S.C. Liberty has played in the event the last two seasons, finishing in fifth place in 2011 and tied for first in 2010.
Liberty will complete the tournament portion of its 2012-13 fall schedule at the Rod Myers Invitational, Oct. 13-14. The two-day, 54-hole event will be hosted by Duke at The Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C.
The Flames just completed the most successful season in program history, starting with their second consecutive Big South Men's Golf Championship title in April.
Liberty then went on to best the 14-team field at the NCAA Greensboro Regional, including a three-shot victory over Florida and six-stroke win over Auburn in May.
The Flames finished off the season with a 10th-place showing at the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., May 29-31. Liberty missed forcing a three-way playoff for the eighth and final spot in the match play portion of the national championship event by one stroke.
The 10th-place finish marked the best national championship finish in Liberty's Division I history, bettering the men's track & field program, which tied for 12th place at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Liberty finished the year ranked No. 21 by Golfstat and No. 28 by Golfweek, the highest season-ending rankings in program history.