Payton Taylor and the Flames will open up the spring portion of their 2016 schedule on Monday and Tuesday when they compete in the Sea Best Invitational.
GolfStat Leaderboard - Sea Best Invitational
The Flames will kick off the spring portion of the 2015-16 schedule at a familiar event, as Liberty is set to compete at the 2016 Sea Best Invitational next Monday and Tuesday.
The two-day, 54-hole event, hosted by Jacksonville, will be contested at the TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The event will consist of 36 holes of continuous play on Monday, followed by the final 18 holes of competition on Tuesday.
The Flames have competed in Sea Best Invitational five out of the last six years, posting a top five finish four times.
Liberty's best showing in this event was in 2014 when the Flames finished tied atop the leaderboard with North Florida. The Flames were declared the event champion thanks to their strong play during the final round. The 2014 event marked the last year the tournament was played on the TPC Sawgrass – THE PLAYERS Stadium Course (home to the PGA Tour's THE PLAYERS Championship event each May).
In 2015, Liberty shared 10th place with tournament host Jacksonville in the 15-team field. The Flames finished the event with a 73-over par 913 (303-308-302) during the event's first year at the TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course.
Liberty's low competitor at last year's event was Isaiah Logue, who finished tied for 26th place with a 15-over par 225 (74-75-76). None of the 81 competitors in the field finished with sub-par total scores.
Adam Eineving finished three strokes behind Logue in 34th place with an 18-over par 228 (80-75-73) and Payton Taylor shared 43rd place with a 21-over par 231 (74-81-76).
Ten of the 15 teams in this year's tournament field finished the fall season ranked inside the GolfStat top 75 team rankings, including No. 19 Florida, No. 21 North Carolina, No. 34 Charleston Southern, No. 35 Arkansas, No. 42 Texas A&M, No. 45 North Florida and No. 47 Tennessee.
The Flames spent a good portion of the fall season ranked inside the top 50 teams in the country, but fell to No. 64 in the final rankings following their performance at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Maui, Hawaii.
Logue led the Flames during the fall, posting top 10 finishes in four events and the program's second-best fall stroke average at 71.67.
Mickey DeMorat, a transfer from Eastern Florida State, ranked second on the squad with a 73.83 stroke average. The sophomore posted top 20 finishes in each of his final four events of the fall.
Taylor ranked third on the team with a 74.50 stroke average and a pair of top 20 showings. Freshman Gabe Lench finished fourth on the team with a 74.83 stroke average with his fall being spotlighted by a shared first-place finish with Logue at the Rees Jones Invitational.
The tournament gets under way on Monday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., while teams will be sent off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees during Tuesday's final round starting at 8 a.m.
2016 Sea Best Invitational Field (Latest Golfstat.com Rankings – Final Fall Rankings) Arkansas (No. 35) Campbell (No. 77) Charleston Southern (No. 34) Florida (No. 19) Jacksonville (No. 66) Jacksonville State (No. 153) Liberty (No. 64) Lipscomb (No. 53) McNeese State (No. 79) North Carolina (No. 21) North Florida (No. 45) Stephen F. Austin (No. 143) Tennessee (No. 47) Texas A&M (No. 42) USC – Upstate (No. 173)
Course Information: TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) Par 71, 6,977 yards
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