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Flames in Seventh at Rod Myers Invitational
The Flames were one of seven teams to improve during the afternoon flight, allowing Liberty to climb three spots up the leaderboard following two rounds of action at the 2012 Rod Myers Invitational on Saturday.
Despite a 15-shot improvement during its second trip around the par-72, 7,154-yard The Duke Golf Club, Liberty is still in seventh place out of 11 teams. The Flames circled the course twice on Saturday and carded an 11-over par 587 (301-286).
Host Duke leads the 11-team field and is the only team in red figures, as the Duke lead heading into Sunday's final round with a two-under par 574 (287-287).
Charlotte is in second place following an even par 576 (285-291), while North Carolina (+5/288-293-581), Baylor (+7/298-285-583) and Iowa (+7/288-295-583) round out the top five teams in the field.
The Blue Devils have two of the top four golfers in the 64-man field, including Julian Suri (70-69), who shares the day one clubhouse lead with two other golfers at five-under par.
Charlotte's Braeden Cryderman (69-70) and North Carolina's Clark Palmer (69-70) matched first and second round scores to grab a share of the top spot after 36 holes of action.
Following an opening round two-over par 74 that saw him card five bogeys and a double bogey, McKay found red figures for the second time this season during round two. He closed his second round with a birdie on the par-4, No. 18 to finish with a one-under par 71.
During the morning flight, Marinell made the turn at two-under par, but a stretch where he carded bogeys on four out of six holes on the back nine dropped him down the leaderboard. During the afternoon, the junior carded an even par 72 where he traded three bogeys for three birdies for his fourth round at par or better during the 2012-13 season.
Niklas Lindstrom had the biggest improvement for the Flames during the afternoon flight, shaving six shots off his first round scorecard and shares 30th place with a four-over par 148 (77-71).
He opened with a five-over par 77 and was three-under par through 13 holes during the afternoon, but bogeys on No. 16 and 17 dropped him back to a one-under par 71 second round.
Ian McConnell nearly matched Lindstrom's improvement, trimming five shots off his first round score to share 36th place with a five-over par 149 (77-72).
McConnell closed his morning round with a double-bogey, bogey finish to card a five-over par 77. His second time around the course, the junior corrected his swing and carded 16 pars, a bogey and a birdie for his first at-par round of the season.
Liberty's final golfer in the field was senior Andrew Colvin, who finished tied for 53rd place with a 12-over par 156 (78-78). Colvin had matching rounds of six-over par 78 in his first team start of the season.
Liberty returns to The Duke Golf Course tomorrow morning to begin the third and final round of the 54-hole event at 8:55 a.m. The Flames will tee off with golfers from East Carolina and Northwestern where they will head off the par-4, 454-yard No. 10 hole.