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Flames in Fourth Place after Day 1 of Shoal Creek Invitational

September 25, 2017  Birmingham, Ala.  RSS
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Ervin Chang is one of two Liberty golfers who are tied for 10th place following the first day at the Shoal Creek Invitational.

Ervin Chang is one of two Liberty golfers who are tied for 10th place following the first day at the Shoal Creek Invitational.

Liberty finds itself in fourth place after 36 holes of play at the 2017 Shoal Creek Invitational, thanks to its second-best team score of the early 2017-18 season.

The Flames opened the event with a 6-under par 282 during their first trip around the par-72, 7,264-yard Shoal Creek Country Club on Monday. Following the afternoon flight, Liberty is six shots off the overall pace with an aggregate 3-under par 573 (282-291).

Wake Forest posted back-to-back under-par scores and leads the 12-team field with an overall 9-under par 567 (285-282).

Notre Dame is in second place, two shots ahead of the Flames with a 5-under par 571 (285-286). Tournament host UAB stands between the Flames and the Fighting Irish after posting a 4-under par 572 (287-285) on its home course.

A total of 14 players in the 71-man field are currently under par heading into tomorrow's final round of competition. UAB's William Walker, III., opened with the low round of the day, an 8-under par 64, and is the clubhouse leader with an overall 9-under par 135 (64-71).

Two of Liberty's five starters are among the 14 players under par, as Mickey DeMorat (69-73) and Ervin Chang (71-71) are tied for 10th place following a 2-under par 142.

DeMorat birdied four of the last eight holes he played during the morning flight to post his third sub-70 round of the season.

Chang posted matching rounds of 1-under par 71 thanks to being among Liberty's leaders on the day with eight total birdies (three in the morning round; five in the afternoon round).

Payton Taylor is tied for 15th place with an overall even par 144 (69-75). The senior was two shots off the overall pace after the first round that saw him post five birdies.

Gabe Lench is tied for 31st place with a 3-over par 147 (75-72). The junior, who missed last week's Rod Myers Invitational, got off to a tough start with bogeys on four of his first six holes. However, he rebounded to play the final 30 holes at 1-under par to move up the leaderboard.

Isaiah Logue posted back-to-back birdies on his 25th and 26th holes on Monday to get back to level par for the tournament. However, the senior posted six bogeys to close the day and is tied for 47th place with a 5-over par 149 (73-76).

The Flames will return to the Shoal Creek Country Club early tomorrow morning, as they will be sent off the No. 1 hole starting at 7:39 a.m. (CST) for the 54-hole event's final round.