The final round of the 2016 Tar Heel Intercollegiate has been cancelled due to poor course conditions. The Chapel Hill, N.C., area suffered from constant rainfall throughout Saturday due the outer bands of rain from Hurricane Matthew.
With the final round being washed out, Liberty finishes the event in fifth place. The Flames fired a 2-under par 574 (287-287) during Friday's 36 holes of competition.
In an attempt to play this event, tournament officials moved the start of the tournament up one day and the 13-team field completed 36 holes of play on Friday. The tournament was scheduled to resume tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., but today's rains left the UNC Finley Golf Course (par 72, 7,242 yards) in an unplayable condition.
UNCW has been declared the tournament victor. UNCW posted a 7-under par 281 during Friday's morning flight and finished three strokes ahead of the rest of the 13-team with a 9-under par 567 (281-286).
Tournament host North Carolina finished in second place with a 6-under par 570 (283-287). UNCG (293-280) and Maryland (285-288) shared third place and were one stroke ahead of the Flames with a 3-under par 573.
Liberty (287-287) stood alone in fifth place with a 2-under par 574, while North Florida rounded out the under-par team scores with a 1-under par 575 (293-282).
Liberty had two of the 22 golfers who finished under par. The 22-golfer group was led by Coastal Carolina's Alfredo Ruiz (68-70) and UNCG's Jake McGlone (71-67), who were declared individual medalist honors with a 6-under par 138.
Liberty's Mickey DeMorat was two strokes off the overall pace and shared third place with UNCW's Thomas Eldridge (68-72-140).
DeMorat recorded four of his seven birdies on Friday during the afternoon round to card a 3-under par 69. The junior's third sub-70 round in his last two events put him in third place with a 4-under par 140 (71-69).
Isaiah Logue was one shot behind DeMorat and shared fifth place with a 3-under par 141 (69-72). Logue, who played on the same course as an individual during the 2015 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, led the Flames on Friday with a combined 11 birdies.
Gabe Lench finished in 30th place following a 2-over par 146 during day one's competition. The sophomore was at 2-under par as he made the turn during the afternoon, but he closed with four bogeys during his final back nine to drop down the leaderboard.
Hutson Chandler and Kieran Vincent rounded out Liberty's starting five in this event. Chandler finished tied for 46th place with a 5-over par 149 (75-74), and Vincent shared 55th place with a 7-over par 151 (79-72).
Along with Liberty's starting five, freshman Ervin Chang competed in his first collegiate event. The rookie tied for 37th place with a 3-over par 147 (72-75).
The Flames will have two weeks to prepare for their next event, the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. McNeese State will host the 54-hole event on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla.