Liberty's Isaiah Logue (Photo provided by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Director of Photography)
Liberty's Isaiah Logue wrapped up his freshman year with a 1-over par 73 during the final day at the 2015 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional on Saturday.
With his 1-over par score, the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Freshman of the Year finished the three-day event with a 7-over par 223 (78-72-73), which was contested at the UNC Finley Golf Course (par 72, 7,242 yards).
Following a 6-over 78 during play on Thursday, Logue settled down and played the final 36 holes at 1-over par, finishing the NCAA Regional tied for 55th place.
Logue was competing in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional as an individual. He was the fourth player in program history to be selected as an individual to an NCAA Regional field and the first since 2010 (Robert Karlsson and Max McKay).
The event concludes Logue's standout freshman year at Liberty. He finished the season with a 72.78 stroke average, the seventh best single-season mark in program history and second best among freshmen players (Chase Marinell finished his freshman year with a 72.73 stroke average).
He ranked second on the team in stroke average and posted four top 10 finishes. After being named Big South Freshman of the Week seven times this year, he earned a place on the All-Big South first team and Big South All-Freshman squad.
The Fairfield, Pa., native closed out the year with 16 of his 36 rounds at par or better, including yesterday's even par 72 during the second round of the NCAA Regional.
Starting play at No. 10 (par 4, 444 yards) for the second day in a row, Logue opened with seven straight pars during the morning. He had birdie looks on five of the seven holes, but all came from a sizeable distance.
Following a delay because play got backed up at No. 17 (par 5, 560 yards), the rookie let his drive drift right off the tee. He was forced to punch out and after his fourth shot from 110 yards slid off the green, Logue would eventually walk away with a double bogey.
His drive at No. 2 (par 4, 355 yards) missed the fairway left, leaving him in the pine needles that encompassed large portions off the fairway around the Carolina course. He was able to lob a wedge shot onto the green and get one shot back when he sank a 14-foot uphill birdie putt.
Logue nearly reached the green at No. 3 (par 5, 560 yards) in two and from a position below the hole off the green, he almost holed out for eagle. Following a tap-in birdie putt, Logue found himself back at level par on the day.
A near perfect drive and a solid approach at No. 4 (par 4, 412 yards) left the rookie 16 feet below the hole where he missed his third birdie in a row by near inches on the left.
However, Logue's run of solid play came to an end at No. 5 (par 3, 224 yards) where he posted a bogey for the third day in a row. He found the left side of the green, but his lag putt to the back right corner pin placement left him eight feet short and he dropped another shot.
Logue's final good look at birdie came at No. 9 (par 4, 458 yards), the final hole of his freshman season. He was pin high left of the flag, but his 12-foot putt slipped to the right at the end, leaving him a 1-over par for his final round of the year.
The UNC Finley Golf Course played the hardest of the three-day event on Saturday, as the 75-man field posted an event high scoring average (73.36).
Players from the top five teams in the 13-team field seemed to be the only ones to success, helping each of them advance to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship.
No. 50 Charlotte closed out the event with a 9-under par 279 and won by five strokes with a 19-under par 845 (275-291-279).
No. 11 Stanford, the overnight clubhouse leader, slipped to second place with a 14-under 850 (290-275-285).
No. 1 Florida State took third place with an 11-under par 853 (284-286-283), while No. 37 Florida was in fourth (9-under par 855/281-292-282) and No. 36 Clemson was in fifth (5-under par 859/284-291-284).
The low individual from each of the six NCAA Regionals, not on one of the teams that advances to the NCAA Championship, qualified to play for the individual national title. The 2015 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship will be conducted May 29 - June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Maverick McNealy from Stanford, the No. 1 individual golfer in the country by Golfstat, took medalist honors with a 9-under par 207 (70-67-70).
Lipscomb's Dawson Armstrong (72-72-65) and Western Carolina's J.T. Poston (68-68-73) shared second place with a 7-under par 209.
Both players posted par at No. 1 (par 4, 430), the first playoff hole, before Poston punched his ticket to Bradenton, Fla., with a winning bogey at No. 2 to claim victory in the playoff.
The event wrapped up the Flames' 2014-15 season, with Logue being one of four freshmen that regularly started for Liberty throughout the year. Entering the NCAA Regional, Liberty was ranked No. 79 in the country, a marked improvement over its ranking entering the spring season (No. 142).
Logue's presence at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional extended Liberty's postseason run to seven years in a row for the program at NCAA Regionals.
Liberty sent individuals to the NCAA Regionals in 2009 and 2010, along with this season. The Flames won three Big South titles and automatically qualified for the NCAA Regionals as a team in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Liberty earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals in 2013, the program's third overall at-large selection in the NCAA Regional field (also in 2003 and 2006).
Photos provided by Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Director of Photography