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Golf Tied for 8th Place at SunTrust Gator Invitational

February 18, 2017  Gainesville, Fla.  RSS
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Gabe Lench leads the Flames through the first two rounds of the 2017 SunTrust Gator Invitational, as he is tied for 19th place.

Gabe Lench leads the Flames through the first two rounds of the 2017 SunTrust Gator Invitational, as he is tied for 19th place.

No. 31 Liberty is currently tied for eighth place in a tightly packed leaderboard following the first two rounds of the 2017 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Liberty (288-295), currently ranked No. 31 in the latest Golfstat rankings, is tied for eighth place along with UCF (296-287) and USF (299-284).

The trio of teams fired a 23-over par 583 during their first two times around the Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards) on Saturday.

No. 12 Wake Forest (295-290) and North Texas (291-294) are two strokes behind Liberty with a 25-over par 585. No. 33 North Florida (290-292) and Georgia Southern (294-288) are one stroke ahead of the Flames with a 22-over par 582, rounding out the group of seven teams within three strokes of each other.

No. 29 Arkansas (288-278) and No. 35 Missouri (292-279) were the only teams to find red figures during the afternoon flight, allowing the pair to vault to the top of the leaderboard.

The Razorbacks lead the 15-team field, which includes nine top 10 ranked teams, at 6-over par (566). The Tigers are five shots behind at an 11-over par 571, while No. 2 Florida is in third place with a 13-over par 573 (289-284).

Arkansas and Missouri's placement on the leaderboard is due in large part to the play of the Razorbacks' Charles Kim and the Tigers' Rory Franssen. The pair of golfers carded consecutive sub-par rounds to lead the 81-man field.

Kim finished as the day one leader with a 6-under par 134 (68-66) and is three shots ahead of Franssen's 3-under par 137 (69-68).

Liberty's top golfer in the field is Gabe Lench, who is tied for 19th place with a 5-over par 145 (73-72). The Lake Mary, Fla., native finished his 36 holes of play with five birdies on the day.

The Flames' Kieran Vincent (71-77), Payton Taylor (74-74) and Hutson Chandler (70-78) are three of eight golfers currently tied for 45th place with an 8-over par 148.

Vincent's strength on the day was playing the par-3 holes at even par, which ranked tied for second in the overall field.

Taylor played the par-5 holes at 4-under par to lead the field and help the Flames finish the day 7-under par on the par-5 holes (second best in the field).

Chandler was Liberty's most consistent golfer on the day, ranking eighth in the field and leading the Flames with 26 total pars.

Liberty's final golfer in the field is Isaiah Logue, who is tied for 59th place with a 10-over par 150 (78-72). The junior had Liberty's best improvement during the second round, finishing six shots lower than his morning round thanks to three second-round birdies.

No. 31 Liberty will return to the course, tomorrow morning, and look to create some separation to move up the leaderboard. The Flames will be sent off the No. 10 tee (par 4, 418 yards) along with golfers from Wake Forest and North Texas, starting at 8:45 a.m. during tomorrow's final round of the 2017 SunTrust Gator Invitational.