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Vincent Claims Rod Myers Title, Leading Flames to Second-Place Finish

September 11, 2016  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Libety's Kieran Vincent claimed individual medalist honors in his first collegiate event, carding a program-record 15-under 201 at the Rod Myers Invitational

Libety's Kieran Vincent claimed individual medalist honors in his first collegiate event, carding a program-record 15-under 201 at the Rod Myers Invitational

Liberty freshman Kieran Vincent jumpstarted his collegiate career in style, claiming individual medalist honors at the 2016 Rod Myers Invitational on Sunday.

The rookie's dominating six-stroke victory helped the Flames finish in second place in their first event of the 2016-17 season, held at The Duke Golf Course (par 72, 7,154 yards).

For the third consecutive round, Vincent carded a 5-under par 67, tallying six birdies, an eagle and three bogeys. He posted a winning score of 15-under par 201 (67-67-67).

Vincent's 201 sets a new Liberty individual 54-hole record, besting a 202 by Max McKay at the Renaissance Invitational in 2009 and by Andrew Turner at the James Madison Invitational in 2005.

Vincent finished six strokes ahead of Wake Forest's Will Zalatoris (65-72-70) and Florida State's Christobal Del Solar (70-71-66), who both posted a 9-under par 207.

Vincent claims Liberty's 27th NCAA Division I individual medalist honors and the Flames' first since fellow teammates Isaiah Logue and Gabe Lench shared first place at last fall's Rees Jones Invitational.

As a team, Liberty finished in second place, carding a 12-under par 852 (286-284-282), which is the ninth-best, 54-hole team total in program history.

Wake Forest cruised to the event victory, finishing 11 strokes ahead of Liberty with a winning score of 23-under par 841 (278-280-283).

Florida State finished in third place with a 10-under par 854 (290-282-282). North Carolina rounded out the final team in the 14-team field to finish under par, carding a 6-under par 858 (287-287-284).

Mickey DeMorat posted his sixth career top-10 showing, finishing tied for 10th place with a 1-under par 215 (71-70-74). The junior was at level par entering the home stretch, but bogeyed two of his final four holes.

Liberty's final three golfers in the field were three of the four players who shared 45th place with a 7-over par 223.

Lench (76-76-71) and Hutson Chandler (79-74-70) saved their best round of the event for Sunday, shooting a combined 3-under par during the final round. Logue (72-73-78) closed the event with a 6-over par 78 on Sunday.

The Flames will have the rest of the month of September off to prepare for the next event, the Marquette Invitational on Oct. 2-3. The 54-hole event is hosted by Marquette at the Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, Wis.