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Strong Afternoon Lifts Flames at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate

March 7, 2016  Aiken, S.C.  RSS
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Liberty's Isaiah Logue is currently tied for 16th place entering the final round of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Liberty's Isaiah Logue is currently tied for 16th place entering the final round of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

The Flames saw a 17-stroke improvement during their second time around the Palmetto Golf Club on Monday and are currently tied for ninth place at the 2016 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Liberty fired the fourth-best round during the afternoon flight, carding a 2-over par 282 during its second time around the fourth oldest golf course in the United States (par 70, 6,671 yards).

The Flames (299-282) share ninth place with Big South rival Coastal Carolina (291-290), as the pair of teams finished 36 holes of play with an aggregate 21-over par 581.

No. 22 South Carolina also found the course to its liking during the afternoon flight, carding a 14-under par 266. The Gamecocks hold a 14-stroke lead with an overall 18-under par 542 (276-266). No. 26 Virginia is in second place with a 4-under par 556 (283-273).

No. 35 Augusta is in third place with a 12-over par 572 (280-292), followed by No. 45 East Carolina, who is in fourth place with a 13-over par 573 (293-280).

No. 43 N.C. State rounds out the top 50 teams in the tournament's 18-team field in fifth place with a 16-over par 576 (294-282). Liberty enters tomorrow's final round five shots behind the Wolfpack.

A total of 11 players in the 90-man field are currently in red figures, paced by three players from South Carolina and a player from Virginia.

South Carolina teammates Matthew NeSmith (67-67) and Will Miles (68-66) hold the clubhouse lead after the first day's action with a 6-under par 134. South Carolina's Will Starke (70-66) and Virginia's Derek Bard (71-65) are tied third place with a 4-under par 136.

Liberty's top golfer in the field is Isaiah Logue, who is tied for 16th place with a 3-over par 143 (71-72). The sophomore was able to keep his score inside the top 20 thanks to posting a birdie on three of the four par-5 holes he played on the day.

Mickey DeMorat is tied for 26th place after posting consecutive 3-over par 73 rounds on Monday (6-over par 146). The sophomore had three birdies on the day and an eagle on the par-5, No. 10 hole (482 yards).

Hutson Chandler helped the Flames afternoon improvement, individually shaving five shots off his morning round score. He is tied for 38th place with a 7-over par 147 (76-71) thanks to carding four of his six birdies on the day during the second time around the course.

Gabe Lench (79-71) and Payton Taylor (82-68) are tied for 64th place with a 10-over par 150. The pair were a combined 22 shots better during the afternoon rounds, moving them well up the leaderboard after each carding seven birdies on the day.

Lench moved up 17 spots on the individual standings after carding five second-round birdies. Taylor tied his low round of the season with a 2-under par 68 during the afternoon and moved up 23 places on the leaderboard.

The Flames will look to use the momentum of their second round to continue to climb during tomorrow's final round of the 2016 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The Flames will be paired with golfers from Georgia Southern (19-over par 579) and Maryland (20-over par 580) and will tee off from holes No. 7 through No. 9 during the shotgun start, which begins at 8:30 a.m.

Tournament host USC Aiken will continue to provide live video coverage par-4, No. 18 hole (306 yards) throughout the final round via the school's YouTube channel.