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Liberty Finishes in 2nd Place at Shoal Creek Invitational

September 26, 2017  Birmingham, Ala.  RSS
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Ervin Chang finished a career-best tied for ninth place, helping Liberty finish in second place at the Shoal Creek Invitational.

Ervin Chang finished a career-best tied for ninth place, helping Liberty finish in second place at the Shoal Creek Invitational.

Liberty was able to weather tougher play during Tuesday's final round to climb into a runner-up finish at the 2017 Shoal Creek Invitational.

The Flames carded one of the top four rounds on Tuesday during their third time around the Shoal Creek Country Club (par 72, 7,264 yards). Liberty posted a 1-over par 289, allowing the Flames to leapfrog two other teams to finish in second with an overall 2-under par 862 (282-291-289).

UAB's home course played more than 1.5 strokes per round higher from the second (73.06) to the third rounds (74.85) during the two-day tournament.

Wake Forest captured its second team title of the year, finishing 13 shots ahead of the Flames with a 15-under par 849 (285-282-282). The Demon Deacons were also the victor in Liberty's season-opening event, the Rod Myers Invitational, Sept. 16-17.

The Flames finished one stroke ahead of North Florida's 1-under par 863 (290-289-284) and two shots in front of Old Miss' even par 864 (296-280-288).

Ole Miss' Braden Tromberry claimed medalist honors with a 9-under par 207 (71-66-70), while Wake Forest's Paul McBride finished in second place with an 8-under par 208 (71-68-69).

The Flames were led by Ervin Chang, who finished inside the top 10 for the first time in his Liberty career. The sophomore posted a 2-under par 214 (71-71-72) to finish tied for ninth place, offsetting two bogeys with a pair of birdies during Tuesday's final round.

Gabe Lench moved 20 spots up the individual leaderboard on Tuesday thanks to the junior carding one of three sub-70 rounds during the event's final round. Lench recorded five birdies and a bogey, allowing him to finish tied for 11th place with a 1-under par 215 (75-72-68).

Mickey DeMorat made the turn on Tuesday at 2-under par, but the senior had four bogeys and a double bogey during his final back nine to drop to a share of 16th place with a 1-over par 217 (69-73-75).

Payton Taylor and Isaiah Logue rounded out Liberty's starting five in its second team event of the season. Taylor finished tied for 23rd place with a 3-over par 219 (69-75-75), while Logue finished tied for 37th place with a 7-over par 223 (73-76-74).

The Flames will play the middle event of the five-tournament fall schedule on Oct. 8-10. The 54-hole event is hosted by Middle Tennessee State at The Grove Club in College Grove, Tenn.