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Flames In Eighth Place Heading Into Final Round in Hawaii

November 7, 2015  Maui, Hawaii  RSS
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Flames In Eighth Place Heading Into Final Round in Hawaii

Liberty was unable to replicate its first round success and fell into eighth place following second round action at the 2015 Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic on Saturday.

The Flames, currently ranked No. 32 in the country, carded a 14-over par 298 during their second round, a score that was 11 shots higher than its first time around the Ka'anapali Golf Course (par 71, 6,700 yards).

The higher score on Saturday dropped Liberty three spots down the leaderboard to eighth place heading into tomorrow's final round of play.

No. 13 Oklahoma posted its second sub-par total of the tournament, carding a 3-under par 281 on Saturday. The Sooners lead the event overall with an 11-under par 557 (276-281).

No. 12 Georgia made a charge up the leaderboard, as the Bulldogs found the Robert Trent Jones course to their liking on Saturday. They carded a 6-under par 278 and are in second place at 5-under par 563 (285-278).

No. 35 N.C. State is in third place with a 3-under par 565 (279-286). Cal State Northridge is in a distant fourth place at 7-over par 575 (285-290), followed by No. 22 South Carolina, who is in fifth place with an 8-over par 576 (284-292).

The Bulldogs' climb up the team leaderboard was due in part to the strong play of Zach Healy, who posted a 5-under par 66 on Saturday. He is the clubhouse leader heading into the final round with an 8-under par 134 (68-66).

Oklahoma's Grant Hirschman (67-70) and Ball State's Johnny Watts (69-68) are tied for second place with a 5-under par 137.

The Flames have two of three competitors who are tied for 14th place at an even par 142 in Isaiah Logue (72-70) and Michael DeMorat (70-72).

Logue, who is individually ranked No. 34 in the country, posted six birdies on the day to offset five bogeys. DeMorat followed up his first career sub-par round with five bogeys and four birdies on Saturday.  

Gabe Lench is currently tied for 48th place with a 7-over par 149 (72-77), Payton Taylor is tied for 57th place with an 8-over par 150 (71-79) and Adam Eineving is tied for 81st place with a 13-over par 155 (76-79).

The Flames will be paired with golfers from South Carolina, tournament host Hawaii and Kansas during tomorrow's final round of 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.