A pair of near record-breaking rounds on Monday helped the Flames move into second place at the 2018 Intercollegiate at the Grove.
Senior Gabe Lench and junior Alexandre Fuchs both carded 6-under par 66 rounds during their second trip around the Grove Club (par 72, 7,368) at the Middle Tennessee hosted tournament. The rounds would have matched a tournament low 18-hole record if Purdue's Jarle Volden had not posted an 8-under par 64 during the late afternoon flight.
The Flames were one of four teams to post an under-par score on Monday and have moved into second place in the 13-team field. After 36 holes of play, Liberty's 9-under par 567 (290-277) trails South Florida's tournament leading score of 12-under par 564 (284-280).
The Flames and the Bulls will be the final two teams off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 421 yards) for tomorrow's final round, starting at 12:02 p.m. (CST).
Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five: • Alexandre Fuchs: 1st 8-under par 136 (70-66) • Gabe Lench: T3 6-under par 138 (72-66) • Kieran Vincent: T41 4-over par (75-73) • Zach Barbin: T41 4-over par (73-75) • Jonathan Yaun: T56 7-over par (79-72)
Field Reflections: • Only three teams in the 13-team field found red numbers on Monday: Purdue (14-under par 274; Liberty 11-under par 277; South Florida 8-under par 280 and Louisville 6-under par 282). • The remaining nine teams in the field posted a combined score of 91-over par during the second round of the Intercollegiate at The Grove. • Liberty's 11-under par 277 is tied for the 11th best 18-hole team total in program history.
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes: • Liberty has played the par-3 holes the best during the first 36 holes of play, having posted a 7-under par score on the par-3 holes (2.83 scoring average). • Alexandre Fuchs and Gabe Lench's 6-under par 66 ties for the 14th best individual 18-hole total in program history. • Alexandre Fuchs is tied for second in the 78-man field with 12 birdies, including seven on Monday, while Lench ranks fourth with 11 birdies after eight during the second round. • Entering tomorrow's final round, Alexandre Fuchs leads the field with an 8-under par 136 (70-66). He is one stroke ahead of South Florida's Albin Bergstrom (7-under par 137/71-66) and two ahead of Liberty's Gabe Lench (6-under par 138/72-66) and Ole Miss' Beau Brigss (6-under par 138/67-71). • Zach Barbin is tied for the lead in the 78-man field with 28 total pars through 36 holes. • The Flames are playing 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 finished the event in seventh place with a 7-under par 273 (72-69-68-64), closing with the event's low final round and finishing six shots out of the overall lead on Sunday. Takumi Kanaya claimed the individual victory, earning a place at the 2019 Masters and Open Championship.
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 3 Tee Time: Monday at 12:02 p.m./CST (off No. 1 tee)