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Flames Complete Fall with Fourth Place Finish
The Flames wrapped up the fall portion of their 2012-13 schedule with a three-under par 285 to climb into fourth place following the final round of the Rod Myers Invitational on Sunday.
Liberty carded its second-best, 18-hole team score of the fall, allowing the Flames to move three additional spots up the leaderboard. After round one of the Duke-hosted event, Liberty was in 10th place out of 11 teams.
Following back-to-back sub-par rounds, Liberty closed the 54-hole event in fourth place with an eight-over par 872 (301-286-285). Sunday's final round score fell one shot short of its best 18-hole team total of the fall, a four-under par 284 to open the Rees Jones Invitational on Oct. 1.
Duke used its knowledge of its own home course to easily win the two-day event by 12 strokes over North Carolina.
The Blue Devils carded a 12-under par 852 (287-287-278) on the par-72, 7,1-54-yard The Duke Golf Club to win their own event for the second year in a row.
North Carolina took second place with an even par 864 (288-293-283), followed by Charlotte, who finished in third place with a three-over par 867 (285-291-291).
Liberty had the third-best round on Sunday to help secure its fourth top five finish of the fall season.
Duke's Julian Suri (70-69-70) and North Carolina's Clark Palmer (69-70-70) both finished atop the 64-man individual leaderboard with a seven-under par 209 to share medalist honors.
Liberty's top golfer in the field was senior Max McKay, who finished in a six-way tie for 10th place with an even par 216 (74-71-71).
McKay birdied four of his last six holes on the day to get back to level par for the final round and the event. The senior posted three top 10 finishes in four events this fall.
Ian McConnell finished one shot behind McKay and shared 16th place with a one-over par 217 (72-72-68). The junior had two birdies and an eagle on the par-5, No. 9 holes, his last of the day, to card the lowest individual round of the final 18 holes and his second four-under par 68 of the fall schedule.
Chase Marinell completed his fourth top 20 finish of the fall with three-over par 219 (73-72-74). The Flames' fall scoring average leader (73.1) had an up-and-down final round with six bogeys and four birdies, but he closed strong with his fourth and final birdie on his closing hole.
Niklas Lindstrom was one of two Flames on the day to card five birdies in 18 holes, but he mixed in two double bogeys and a bogey for an even par 72 on the final day. His fifth round of the fall at level par or better to enable him to finish tied for 25th place with a four-over par 220 (77-71-72).
Liberty's final golfer in the field was senior Andrew Colvin, who finished tied for 55th place with a 16-over par 232 (78-78-76).
Colvin was at one-under par through six holes, but a run of three bogeys and a double bogey dropped him down the leaderboard. He did manage to birdie the par-5, No. 9 hole, which was Liberty's closing hole that saw the team finish a combined six-under par on the day.
The 54-hole Duke event concludes Liberty's fall schedule. Liberty will return to action on Jan. 28-29 when the Flames travel to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the Arizona Invitational at the Arizona National Golf Course.