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Flames Tied for 11th Place at SunTrust Gator Invitational

February 20, 2016  Gainesville, Fla.  RSS
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Mickey DeMorat leads the Flames and is currently tied for fifth place entering the final round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Mickey DeMorat leads the Flames and is currently tied for fifth place entering the final round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Liberty rebounded during Saturday's second round of the 2016 SunTrust Gator Invitational and currently stand in 11th place.

The Flames struggled during their first time around the Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards), carding a 14-over par 294 during their morning round. However, Liberty had the fifth-best round of the afternoon with an even par 280.

Liberty (294-280) shares 11th place with No. 26 UAB (281-293) with the pair of teams entering tomorrow's final round at a 14-over par 574.

Four teams in the 15-team field are in red figures, paced by tournament host Florida. The No. 12 ranked Gators hold a slim lead with a 10-under par 550 (272-278).

No. 33 USF is one stroke behind the host school with a 9-under par 551 (282-269), thanks in part to an 11-under par 269 during the afternoon flight.

Jacksonville is in third place with an 8-under par 552 (271-281), followed by No. 19 Vanderbilt, who is in fourth place with a 2-under par 558 (278-280).

Florida's Sam Horsfield currently leads the 78-player field as the No. 26 ranked golfer in the country holds the clubhouse lead with a 9-under par 131 (63-68).

USF's Rigel Fernandes (70-63) and Jacksonville's David Wicks (66-67) are currently tied for second with a 7-under par 133. No. 22 Cristobal Del Solar of Florida State follows in fourth place with a 6-under par 134 (67-67).

A total of 14 players are currently under par, including Liberty's Mickey DeMorat, who is tied for fifth place with a 4-under par 136 (70-66).

The sophomore made a significant move up the leaderboard during the second round, thanks to offsetting one bogey with five birdies to post his lowest round of the season.

Liberty's Isaiah Logue, who is currently ranked No. 52 in the country, stands in 32nd place with a 3-over par 143 (71-72).

Payton Taylor followed DeMorat's lead, showing much improvement during his second time around the Gators' home golf course. The sophomore moved up the leaderboard 23 spots thanks to his low round of the season, a 2-under par 68. He currently is tied for 47th place with a 5-over over par 145 (77-68).

Rounding out Liberty's final two golfers in the field are Hutson Chandler, who is tied for 69th place with a 12-over par 152 (76-76) and Gabe Lench, who is tied for 75th place with a 15-over par 155 (81-74).

The Flames return to the Mark Bostick Golf Course tomorrow morning and will be paired with golfers from UAB and College of Charleston. The three teams will be sent off the No. 10 tee (par 4, 410 yards), starting at 8:30 a.m., to start their final round.