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Golf Returns to Action at Mason Rudolph Championship

March 29, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Golf Returns to Action at Mason Rudolph Championship

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Following a near four-week layoff, No. 43 Liberty returns to the golf course this weekend when the Flames participate in the 2017 Mason Rudolph Championship.

The three-day event is hosted by No. 3 Vanderbilt at the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course (par 71, 7,100 yards) in Franklin, Tenn. Play gets underway on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. (CST), followed by a start time of 8 a.m. (CST) on Saturday and Sunday.

Liberty had a busy beginning to its spring schedule, playing four events over a five-week span in February and early March. The Flames closed the stretch with a seventh-place finish at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, March 6-7.

This weekend's event at Vanderbilt starts the Flames' drive to defending their Big South title. Following the Mason Rudolph Championship, Liberty will play at Oklahoma's The Maxwell tournament, April 14-15, as its final tune-up before the Big South Men's Golf Championship (April 21-23 – The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C.).

Six of the current top-50 teams in the country are among the field in the 16th annual playing of this tournament. Along with the nationally ranked Flames and Commodores, the field includes No. 6 Florida, No. 21 Duke, No. 26 Missouri and No. 49 Middle Tennessee State.

Besides the team's four-week refrain from the course, this weekend's tournament will also mark the return of Liberty's top golfer to the lineup.

Mickey DeMorat posted a program record 71.00 fall stroke average, playing 10-of-14 rounds at par or better during the fall season. The junior, who hails from Merritt Island, Fla., suffered an injury in December and has been sidelined during the first half of the spring.

During his first season with the Flames, DeMorat earned All-Big South honors and was named to the VaSID and VSGCA all-state teams after posting a 72.92 season stroke average.

Liberty, who was ranked as high as No. 22 in the fall, was able to maintain its top-50 national ranking without DeMorat thanks to the strong play of Isaiah Logue, Gabe Lench and Kieran Vincent.

Logue ranks second on the team with a 71.54 season stroke average and paces Liberty's roster with five top-10 finishes this year. He has played a team-best 15 rounds at par or better.

Lench ranks third on the roster with a 71.93 season stroke average and second behind Logue with 14 rounds at par or better.

Vincent has gotten his career off to a solid start, as the freshman currently ranks fourth on the team with a 72.61 season stroke average and a pair of top-10 finishes.

This is the second year in a row Liberty has participated in the Mason Rudolph Championship. The Flames finished the event in 10th place last year with a 39-over par 891 (297-299-295) and were paced by DeMorat's 20th-place finish (7-over par 220/73-73-74).

Besides the traditional live stat scoring provided by Golfstat, the Flames will have additional on-course coverage this weekend on the athletics department's @LUGameDay Twitter account (following one player during each of the event's three rounds).       

2017 Mason Rudolph Championship Field
(Latest Golfstat.com Rankings – as of March 29)

Alabama (No. 52)
Ball State (No. 129)
Belmont (No. 209)
Duke (No. 21)
East Tennessee State (No. 107)
Florida (No. 6)
Iowa (No. 73)
Liberty (No. 43)
Miami (Ohio) (No. 177)
Middle Tennessee State (No. 49)
Missouri (No. 26)
Southern Illinois (No. 163)
Troy (No. 61)
Vanderbilt (No. 3)

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