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Flames Begin April Schedule at Mason Rudolph Championship

March 31, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Adam Eineving will be making his second consecutive start this weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship.

Adam Eineving will be making his second consecutive start this weekend at the Mason Rudolph Championship.

The Flames will begin the final stage of their 2015-16 season this weekend when they travel to Franklin, Tenn., for the 2016 Mason Rudolph Championship.

The two-day, 54-hole event, hosted by Vanderbilt, will be contested at the Vanderbilt Legends Club – South Course (par 71, 7,100 yards) on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will be the first of two tournaments for the Flames in April prior to the 2016 Big South Men's Golf Championship (April 17-19). Following the Mason Rudolph Championship, Liberty will also participate in Ohio State's Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (April 9-10).

This is the second year in a row the Flames have competed in the Mason Rudolph Championship. Last year, Liberty finished in eighth place out of 14 teams with a 32-over par 884 (294-295-295).

The host Commodores claimed last year's team title, winning the event by eleven strokes to claim their third title in the tournament's 14-year history.

Vanderbilt posted a 6-under par 846 winning score (280-287-279) with Georgia Tech (283-287-287) and Alabama (287-283-287) sharing runner-up honors with a 5-over par 857.

This year's 14-man tournament field features seven programs that are ranked higher than the Flames' current No. 57 Golfstat team ranking.

No. 9 Vanderbilt paces the field, followed by Alabama (No. 17), Florida (No. 19), SMU (No. 39), UAB (No. 42), Memphis (No. 43) and East Tennessee State (No. 51).

Flames' Head Coach Jeff Thomas will send three familiar faces to the tournament with Adam Eineving, Isaiah Logue and Payton Taylor all competing in last year's event.

The rest of this weekend's starting five will be Gabe Lench and Mickey DeMorat, who are both in their first year with the program.

Logue led the Flames at last year's event, finishing tied for eighth place with a 1-over par 214 (69-74-71). The sophomore leads the Flames and ranks fourth in the Big South with a 71.92 season stroke average.

Taylor ranks third on Liberty's roster with a 73.88 season stroke average following a ninth-place finish at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships (March 14) with a 2-under par 142 (70-22). Last year, Taylor finished this event tied for 17th place with a 6-over par 219 (74-73-72).

Eineving will be making his second consecutive start for the Flames and fourth overall this year. At last year's tournament, the sophomore finished the Mason Rudolph Championship tied for 27th place with a 9-over par 222 (78-73-71), his best showing of the spring.

DeMorat shared ninth place with Taylor at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships three weeks ago with a 2-under par 142 (71-71). He ranks second on the team and sixth in the Big South with a 72.58 season stroke average.

Lench ranks fourth on Liberty's roster with a 74.35 season stroke average thanks to third top 20 finishes during his freshman season.

Play gets underway on Saturday at 9 a.m. (EST) for 36 continuous holes of golf, followed by another 9 a.m. start time (EST) for the final 18 holes of competition.

2016 Mason Rudolph Championship Field
(Updated Golfstat.com Rankings)
Alabama (No. 17)
Ball State (No. 177)
East Tennessee State (No. 51)
Florida (No. 19)
Lamar (No. 156)
Liberty (No. 57)
Memphis (No. 43)
Middle Tennessee State (No. 127)
Rice (No. 105)
Samford (No. 201)
SMU (No. 39)
UAB (No. 42)
Vanderbilt (No. 9)
West Virginia (No. 181)

Course Information:
Vanderbilt Legends Club – South Course (Franklin, Tenn.)
Par 71, 7,100 yards