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Flames in 9th Place After Day 1 of SunTrust Gator Invite

February 17, 2018  Gainesville, Fla.  RSS
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Liberty' Mickey DeMorat carded a hole-in-one during his second round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational, posting an ace on the par-3, No. 2 hole (176 yards) on the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Liberty' Mickey DeMorat carded a hole-in-one during his second round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational, posting an ace on the par-3, No. 2 hole (176 yards) on the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

The Flames stand in ninth place following 36 holes of play on Saturday at the 2018 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Liberty carded an aggregate score of 7-over par 567 (282-285) during its first two trips around the Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards), the home course for the No. 6 Florida Gators.

The individual highlight of the day for the Flames came during the second round when senior Mickey DeMorat aced the No. 2 hole, a par-3 hole playing at 176 yards.

No. 5 Vanderbilt holds a slim one-stroke lead over the host school entering tomorrow's final 18 holes of competition. The Commodores lead the 16-team field with an 8-under par 552 (274-278), directly followed by the Gator's 7-under par 553 (275-278).

UCF (274-284) and No. 25 USF (278-281) are tied for third place with a 2-under par 558, while Jacksonville rounds out the under-par team scores with a 1-under par 559 (275-284).

A total of 22 players in the 90-man field finished the first day of competition in red figures, paced by USF's Claudio Correa's 6-under par 134 (65-69).

Liberty's Ervin Chang carded a 2-under par 68 during the afternoon flight, allowing the sophomore to claim 10th place with an overall 2-under par 138 (70-68). The Malaysian native finished the day with seven birdies and an eagle on par-5, No. 12 hole (525 yards) during the first round.

Isaiah Logue is tied for 27th place with a 1-over par 141 (67-74). The senior opened the tournament with is third sub-70 round of the spring and his second lowest 18-hole total of the 2017-18 season.

Gabe Lench posted consecutive rounds of 71 to finish the day tied for 33rd place with an overall 2-over par 142 (71-71). The junior recorded three birdies during the morning rounds and two more during his second trip around the golf course.

DeMorat's ace helped the senior lower his overall score, finishing the day tied for 56th place with a 6-over par 146 (74-72). Liberty's final golfer in the field is Payton Taylor, who finished the second round tied for 80th place with a 12-over par 152 (75-77).

Liberty's golfers will be among the first to return to the Mark Bostick Golf Course, tomorrow morning, for the final round. The Flames will be paired with golfers from Missouri and Georgia Southern, going off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 376 yards) starting at 8 a.m.