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Liberty Enters Final Round at the The Hayt in 10th Place

February 27, 2016  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Gabe Lench and the Flames finished the second round of The Hayt in 10th place.

Gabe Lench and the Flames finished the second round of The Hayt in 10th place.

No. 48 Liberty showed improvement on Saturday during the second round of The Hayt, but was unable to keep pace with the better play of the rest of the field, falling to 10th place.

The Flames posted a three-stroke improvement over their play from yesterday, but fell two spots down the leaderboard. The nine teams ahead of Liberty enter tomorrow's final round averaged an 11-shot improvement over yesterday's round.

Unlike the blustery conditions of the first round, today's second round was played under near ideal conditions. Liberty finished the 36-hole mark of the North Florida hosted event with a 31-over par 607 (305-302).

No. 12 Oklahoma State was the lone squad in the 15-team field to post a team score in red figures, carding a 7-under par 281 at the Sawgrass Country Club (par 73, 6.966 yards).

The Cowboys moved up two spots on the leaderboard and enter tomorrow's final round with the clubhouse lead at an aggregate 5-over par 581 (300-281).

No. 37 North Florida circled its home course at 4-over par today and stands in second place with an overall 9-over par 585 (293-292).

No. 50 Tennessee, who was pared with Liberty and Coastal Carolina on Saturday, posted an even par 288 to climb to third place. The Vols (305-288) share third place with Jacksonville (299-294). The pair of teams posted a 17-over par 593.

Rounding out the top five teams in the field is No. 38 UAB, who enters tomorrow's final round at a 20-over par 596 (307-289).

Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley continues to lead the 87-man field, following his second consecutive sub-par round of golf. He leads the field with a 6-under par 138 (70-68).

North Florida's Phillip Knowles used his local knowledge of his team's home course to his advantage and is three strokes off the pace with a 3-under par 141 (70-71).

North Texas's Cory Churchman rounds out the trio of players who are under par with a 2-under par 142 (75-67), thanks to posting the best round of the day (5-under par 67).

Liberty is led by sophomores Mickey DeMorat and Isaiah Logue, who share 31st place with a 7-over par 151.

DeMorat (77-74) offset three bogeys with three birdies during his first 17 holes of play on Saturday, but closed with a double bogey on the No. 18 hole (par 5, 520 yards).

Logue also had his trouble on a closing hole, posting a double bogey on the par-4, No. 9 hole (440 yards). He sandwiched the double bogey with a pair of birdies at No. 8 (par 5, 536 yards) and No. 10 (par 4, 405 yards).

Hutson Chandler is one shot behind DeMorat and Logue with an 8-over par 152 (76-76). After reaching No. 8 in two and sinking his third birdie of the opening nine holes, the sophomore made the turn at even par.

However, putting problems at No. 12 (par 3, 167 yards) and No. 13 (par 4, 465 yards) and an errant drive at No. 14 (par 4, 375 yards) cost him three strokes. He dropped another at No. 17 (par 4, 433 yards) and missed a birdie chance at No. 18 (par 5, 520 yards) to post his second consecutive 4-over par round of the event.

The last two Liberty golfers in the field are Payton Taylor and Gabe Lench. Taylor is tied for 55th place with an 11-over par 152 (77-78) and Lench is tied for 60th place with a 12-over par 156 (80-76).

The Flames will return to the Sawgrass Country Club for tomorrow's final round at The Hayt, beginning play of No. 10 at 8:33 a.m. Liberty will be pared with golfers from Army and Furman.