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Flames Start Season at Rod Myers Invitational

September 15, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Mickey DeMorat finished tied for 10th place at last year's Rod Myers Invitational.

Liberty Mickey DeMorat finished tied for 10th place at last year's Rod Myers Invitational.

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For the third season in a row, Liberty will open its men's golf schedule at the Rod Myers Invitational this Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day, 54-hole event is hosted by Duke at its home course, the Duke University Golf Course, in Durham, N.C., (par 72, 7,154 yards).

In total, the Rod Myers Invitational has appeared on the fall portion of Liberty's schedule each of the last five seasons.

The Flames posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2012 (301-286-285-872/+8) and 2013 (294-282-293-869/+5). Liberty added a sixth-place finish in 2014 (290-298-296-884/+20) and 2015 (290-298-296-884/+20) and finished in 11th place in a rain-shortened event in 2015 (287-313-600/+24).

Liberty jumpstarted a banner year for the program last season with a runner-up finish at the 2016 Rod Myers Invitational. The Flames posted a 12-under par 852 (286-284-282) thanks to the stellar play of Kieran Vincent.

The native of Zimbabwe started his run to Big South and VaSID Rookie of the Year accolades by capturing medalist honors at the Rod Myers Invitational. Vincent fired a school-record 15-under par 201 (67-67-67) to win by six strokes.

Mickey DeMorat gave Liberty two players inside the top 10 at last year's Rod Myers Invitational when he finished tied for 10th place with a 1-under par 215 (71-70-74).

Hutson Chandler (79-74-70), Gabe Lench (76-76-71) and Isaiah Logue (72-73-78) all finished tied for 45th place with a 7-over par 223.

The Flames will be without the services of both Lench and Vincent, this weekend. Head coach Jeff Thomas' lineup will including return visits by DeMorat, Huston and Logue, while adding Ervin Chang and Alexandre Fuchs.

Chang played in seven events as a freshman last year, posting 76.00 season stroke average. Fuchs, who is a native of Mouans-Sartoux, France, will be making his collegiate duet just like Vincent did at last year's event.

Logue (71.80) and DeMorat (71.81) ranked first and second on Liberty's roster last season, while Chandler posted a 75.00 season stroke average in eight events.          

The 2017 Rod Myers Invitational field includes six teams who finished in the final top 50 Golfstat rankings of the 2016-17 season: Vanderbilt (No. 1), Oregon (No. 7), Wake Forest (No. 11), Duke (No. 23), Penn State (No. 48) and Liberty (No. 49).

Liberty finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 49 rankings, spending each week of the season in the top-50 national rankings. The Flames spotlighted the run with a No. 22 ranking on Oct. 22.

Following a second-place finish at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship, the Flames earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Regional. Liberty was the No. 8 seed at the NCAA Austin Regional, which was contested at the University of Texas Golf Club (par 71, 7,355 yards) in Austin, Texas, May 15-17.

Play gets underway on Saturday morning at 7:35 a.m. with 36 holes of continuous play scheduled for the day. The event will conclude with a final 18 holes of completion on Sunday.   

2017 Rod Myers Invitational Field
(Final Golfstat Rankings from Spring 2017)

Duke (No. 23)
East Carolina (No. 94)
ETSU (No. 108)
Liberty (No. 49)
Louisville (No. 80)
Oregon (No. 7)
Penn State (No. 48)
Princeton (No. 133)
UC Davis (No. 105)
UNCG (No. 90)
Vanderbilt (No. 1)
Wake Forest (No. 11)

Course Information:
Duke University Golf Club (Durham, N.C.)
Par 72, 7,154 yards