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Flames Tied for Fifth Place Following First Round in Hawaii

November 6, 2015  Maui, Hawaii  RSS
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Flames Tied for Fifth Place Following First Round in Hawaii

The Flames carded a 1-over par 285 on Friday and are tied for fifth place following the opening round of the 2015 Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic.

Liberty, who is ranked No. 32 in the country, shares fifth place with No. 12 Georgia and Cal State Northridge. The Flames were aided by leading the 19-team field with 62 pars.

No. 13 Oklahoma is setting the early pace in the three-day, 54-hole event, opening the tournament with an 8-under par 276.

No. 35 N.C. State is three strokes back with a 5-under par 279, followed by tournament host Hawaii, who carded a 2-under par 282 on the Ka'anapali Golf Course (par 71, 6,700 yards).

No. 22 South Carolina rounds out the top four teams following the opening 18 holes of play, as the Gamecocks posted an even par score of 284 to close the day in fourth place.

A total of 24 players in the 102-man field carded scores in red figures on Friday, led by 6-under par rounds of 65 by Long Beach State's Jonny Hogan and Rylee Reinerston.

Liberty's top competitor in the field is Michael DeMorat, who posted a 1-under par 70, his first sub-par round since joining Liberty's roster this summer. He offset three bogeys with four birdies, including birdies on two of the three par-5 holes and currently shares 18th place.

Payton Taylor is one stroke behind him and is tied for 25th place following an even par 71. He had two bogeys and two birdies on the day, getting back to level par on the short 324-yard par, 4 No. 7 hole late in his round.

Isaiah Logue and Gabe Lench are one shot behind Taylor and are tied for 32nd place following a 1-over par 72.

Logue entered the tournament individually ranked No. 34 in the country. He had two bogeys midway through his round, but used a birdie at the par-5, No. 9 hole to get one shot back.

Lench posted a birdie at the par 4, No. 4 hole, his seventh hole in the shotgun start to get into red figures. However, the freshman posted back-to-back bogeys to close out his round and drop back to 1-over par on the day.

Liberty's final golfer in the field is Adam Eineving, who is tied for 72nd place following a 5-over par 76.

The Flames will be paired with golfers from Cal State Northridge, Georgia and Loyola Marymount during tomorrow's second round action at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic. Liberty will start on holes No. 4 to 7 with a shotgun start getting underway at 8:30 a.m., local time.