The third stop on Liberty's four-event fall schedule has the Flames returning to the 2018 Intercollegiate at The Grove tournament.
The three-day, 54-hole event is hosted by Middle Tennessee at The Grove Club (par 72, 7,368 yards), starting on Sunday and wrapping up play on Tuesday.
Now on The Tee – Liberty's Starting Five (Season Stroke Average) • Zach Barbin (72.33) • Gabe Lench (72.83) • Kieran Vincent (73.33) • Jonathan Yaun (74.83) • Alexandre Fuchs (75.83)
Tournament Reflections – Liberty's Previous Showing at the Intercollegiate at the Grove: • The Flames made their first-ever appearance at this event last year, finishing in fifth place with a 17-over par 881 (302-288-291). • After opening the event with a 14-over par 302, Liberty rebounded to play the final 36 hole of play at a combined 3-over par. • The Flames finished seven shots behind tournament host Middle Tennessee and six shots ahead of sixth-place South Florida. • Graduated senior Mickey DeMorat made a run at his first-ever collegiate medalist honors, finishing the event one shot off the lead and in second place with a 6-under par 210 (73-69-68). • Alexandre Fuchs is Liberty's top returning golfer from the Flames' starting five at this event last year, as the junior finished tied for 17th place with a 4-over par 220 (75-78-67). • Fuchs closed the event with the best round in the 68-man field, finishing the tournament with a 5-under par 67, his low round of the season.
From the 18th Green – Recapping Liberty's Last Time Out • Despite tying for the best final round of the 2018 Shoal Creek Invitational, the Flames were unable to make a move up the leaderboard and finished the event in eighth place, held Sept. 24-25 in Birmingham, Ala. • The Flames closed the UAB-hosted tournament with a 3-over par 291. The final round score matched the last round fired by tournament champion Texas A&M during the team's final trip around the Shoal Creek Country Club (par 72, 7,300 yards). • Liberty finished the two-day event with a 15-over 879 (298-290-291), closing out the Flames' second event of their four-tournament fall schedule.
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes • After winning five of the last eight Big South titles (2011, 2012, 2014, 216 and 2018), the Flames will be looking for a different avenue to the NCAA Regionals during their first season of competition in the ASUN Conference. • During the offseason, 17 of Liberty's 20 NCAA Division I athletics programs moved their conference affiliation from the Big South Conference to the ASUN Conference. Liberty was a member of the Big South Conference for 27 years, starting its membership during the 1991-92 athletic year. • The men's golf team is looking to replace two of the most successful players in program history who graduated last year. Mickey DeMorat finished his career with the second-best scoring average in program history (72.28) and posted 13 career top-10 finishes. Isaiah Logue ranked just behind him in third place in school history in career stroke average (72.52), while posting 18 career top-10 finishes. • The Flames will play the Intercollegiate at The Grove without the services of junior Ervin Chang, who led the Flames in 2017-18 with six top-10 finishes and a 72.15 stroke average. • Chang is participating in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Oct. 4-7, 2018, in Singapore, China. The winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship receives an invitational to the 2019 Masters.
Scouting the Field (13 teams): • The 13-team field includes three teams currently ranked inside the top 50 teams in the country as ranked by Golfweek.com: No. 12 Louisville, No. 27 Charleston and No. 39 South Florida. • Liberty, who is No. 60 in the latest Golfweek.com listing, will have its second look this fall at new ASUN Conference opponent Kennesaw State. The Owls, who are ranked No. 63, finished tied for fifth place at the Shoal Creek Invitational, three shots ahead of Liberty with a 12-over par 876 (288-293-295).
Charleston Cincinnati Kennesaw State Kentucky Liberty Louisiana Tech Louisville Memphis Middle Tennessee Ole Miss Purdue South Dakota State South Florida
Course Information: • The Grove Club (College Grove, Tenn.) • Par 72, 7,368 yards
Following the Flames at Intercollegiate at The Grove: • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com • Twitter @LibertyGolf • Instagram @LibertyGolf • Round 1 Tee Time: Sunday at 12:24 p.m./CST (off No. 1 tee)
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