Isaiah Logue is tied for fourth place and one shot off the overall lead at 7-under par heading into the final round of the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate
The Flames were able to keep pace with the top-tier teams during day one of the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate on Sunday and are currently tied for third place.
No. 34 Liberty kept up its strong play this fall, finishing the first two rounds in the UNCG event with a 17-under par 559 (279-280). The Flames entered the event with a 284.0 team season stroke average, a mark that is six shots lower than its current school record for fall stroke average (290.75 – 2010).
All but two of the 13 teams in the field posted sub-par scores during their first two trips around the Grandover Resort – West Course (par 72, 6,800 yards).
No. 20 Duke stands atop the leaderboard with a 26-under par 550 (283-267), blistering the course with a 21-under par 267 during the afternoon flight.
No. 38 Northwestern is in second place with a 19-under par 557 (283-274) and is two shots clear of Liberty and Iowa State's (287-272) 17-under par 559.
N.C. State stands in fifth place after a 15-under par 561 (283-277), followed by tournament host UNCG, who is in sixth place with a 14-under par 562 (284-277).
A trio of players are tied for first place with an 8-under par 136 to lead the 84-man field: Iowa State's Ruben Sondjaja (70-66), Georgia State's Nick Budd (67-69) and Duke's Chandler Eaton (71-65).
Liberty's Isaiah Logue is one shot off the pace with a 7-under par 137 (67-70) and is tied for fourth place with two other golfers. The junior ranked sixth in the field, recording 11 birdies on Sunday. He has posted sub-70 rounds during each of his last three events.
Mickey DeMorat (70-70) and Gabe Lench (70-70) shadowed each other with back-to-back rounds at 70 and are currently tied for 18th place with a 4-under par 140.
DeMorat had nine birdies and a second-round eagle on the par-5, 520-yard No. 6 hole. Lench followed DeMorat with nine birdies, posting his seventh and eighth rounds at par or better this fall season.
Payton Taylor is tied for 37th place with an even par 144 (74-70). The junior shaved four strokes off his morning-flight score thanks to six second-round birdies.
Kieran Vincent rounded out Liberty's starting five in the field, posting a 4-over par 148 (72-76). The freshman opened with his seventh round at par or better this year in the morning, but fell down the leaderboard with four bogeys and a double bogey during the afternoon.
Freshman Ervin Chang is competing in the event as an individual and is tied for 31st place with a 1-under par 143 (70-73). The rookie carded seven birdies on the day, helping him open with a 2-under par 70, his second collegiate sub-par round.
The 13-team field will return to the Grandover Resort – West Course tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. for a final-round shotgun start.
The Flames will open on holes No. 4-7 and will be paired with golfers from N.C. State and UNCG during their final 18 holes of competition this fall.
Photos Provided by Andy Mead