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Flames Finish Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in 9th Place

March 8, 2016  Aiken, S.C.  RSS
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Mickey DeMorat carded a 3-under par 67 during the final round of the 2016 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate to post his fifth top 20 finish of the season.

Mickey DeMorat carded a 3-under par 67 during the final round of the 2016 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate to post his fifth top 20 finish of the season.

Very little movement took place during the final round of the 2016 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on Tuesday, where the Flames finished the event in ninth place.

Only five teams in the 18-team field managed to post improved scores during the final round over yesterday afternoon's lower second round scores.

The Flames finished the USC Aiken-hosted event carding a 30-over par 870 (299-282-289). The ninth-place finish is Liberty's highest at this event since the team started playing in the tournament in 2009, which was contested at the Palmetto Golf Club (par 70, 6,671 yards).

The toughest hole of the tournament was the par-4, No. 3 hole (455 yards), which included a severely two-tiered green. The hole, which played at a stroke average of 4.58, yielded 14 birdies, 90 bogeys, 29 double bogeys and seven higher scores.

The Flames were among the group that did succumb to the challenging hole. Liberty played the par-4 at a combined 6-over par on Tuesday and a cumulative 13-over par during the entire tournament.

 No. 22 South Carolina was the lone team in the field to find red numbers on Tuesday, carding a 1-under par 279 that allowed them to widen their overall lead. The Gamecocks claimed the team title with a 19-under par 821 (276-266-279), winning by 18 strokes.

No. 26 Virginia finished in a distant second place with a 1-under par 839 (283-273-283), followed by No. 35 Augusta, who was 18 strokes behind the Cavaliers with a 17-over par 857 (280-292-285).

No. 45 East Carolina (293-280-288) and Chattanooga (289-290-282) shared fourth place with a 21-over par 861. No. 43 N.C. State (294-282-287) and Georgia Southern (288-291-284) tied for sixth place with a 23-over par 863.

Furman closed off the tightly knit group of teams who finished just ahead of the Flames. The Paladins finished in eighth place with a 24-over par 864 (290-293-281).

South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith, the No. 62 ranked golfer in the country, claimed individual medalist honors with a 7-under par 203 winning score (67-67-69).

Augusta's Maverick Antcliff took second place with a 6-under par 204 (68-69-67), while South Carolina's Will Starke finished in third place with a 5-under par 205 (70-66-69).

Liberty's Mickey DeMorat tied for the third best round on Tuesday, a 3-under par 67, moving him up the leaderboard 11 places to record his fifth top 20 finish of the season.

The sophomore birdied four straight holes during his back nine on Tuesday, allowing him to finish the event in 15th place with an overall 3-over par 213 (73-73-67).

Isaiah Logue hovered around par most of the day until he posted a quadruple bogey on the challenging No. 3 hole. The score dropped the sophomore into a tie for 29th place with an overall 8-over par 218 (71-72-75).

Payton Taylor continued to rebound from his first round struggles, offsetting six bogeys with four birdies during a final round 2-over par 72. The sophomore moved up the leaderboard 18 places on Tuesday and finished with an overall 12-over par 222 (82-68-72).

Hutson Chandler and Gabe Lench were unable to replicate their second round success, carding higher scores during the final round.

Chandler finished the event tied for 56th place with a 14-over par 224 (76-71-77) and Lench finished tied for 62nd place with a 15-over par 225 (79-71-75).

The Flames will begin their Spring Break week next Monday, competing at the Southern Intercollegiate. The one-day, 36-hole event is hosted by Georgia at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Ga.