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Fuchs and Lench Lead Flames to Intercollegiate at the Grove Title

October 9, 2018  College Grove, Tenn.  RSS
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Fuchs and Lench Lead Flames to Intercollegiate at the Grove Title

Strong continued play on Tuesday allowed Alexandre Fuchs and Gabe Lench to share individual medalist honors and lead to the Flames to a team title at the 2018 Intercollegiate at the Grove.

Liberty captured its 29th team title at the NCAA Division I level by firing a winning score of 15-under par 849 (290-277-282) at The Grove Club (par 72, 7,368 yards).

The Flames had the best closing round at the Middle Tennessee hosted event, carding a 6-under par 282 on Tuesday. The strong final round allowed Liberty to finish three shots clear of South Florida's 12-under par 852 (284-280-288) and four shots ahead of Purdue's 11-under par 853 (294-274-285).

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• Alexandre Fuchs: T1 8-under par 208 (72-66-70)
• Gabe Lench: T1 8-under par 208 (70-66-72)
• Kieran Vincent: T15 E par 216 (75-73-68)
• Zach Barbin: T30 4-over par 220 (73-75-72)
• Jonathan Yaun: 62 16-over par 232 (79-72-81)

Field Reflections:
• Four teams in the 13-team field finished the event with an under-par score: Liberty (15-under par 849), South Florida (12-under par 852), Purdue (11-under par 853) and Louisville (4-under par 860).
• The remaining teams in the field finished the event a combined 250-over par, including fellow ASUN Conference member Kennesaw State, who finishing in sixth place with a 7-over par 871 (283-288-300).
• Liberty excelled during the event on the par-3 holes, finishing the event a combined 12-under par on the par-3 holes (2.80 average score).

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• Alexandre Fuchs and Gabe Lench became the first Flames to claim individual medalist honors since Ervin Chang won in a playoff at the Sea Best Invitational, Feb. 6, 2018.
• Kieran Vincent paced Liberty's efforts during the final round, carding a 4-under par 68, his lowest 18-hole total since a 7-under par 65 during the final round of the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship on April 22.
• Zach Barbin finished the tournament with 40 pars, tying for the lead in the statistical category with Purdue's Joe Weiler.
• Zach Barbin also recorded a hole-in-one on the par 3, No. 3 hole (210 yards), striking the impressive shot while battling 15 MPH wind gusts.
• The Flames played 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.
• Thanks to his strong amateur play during the summer, Chang qualified for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, Oct. 4-7, 2018, in Singapore, China.
• 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.

Back on the Course – Liberty's Next Event:
• 2018 Grandover Classic (Oct. 27-28)
• Grandover Resort (Greensboro, N.C.)
• Hosted by UNCG
• Par 72, 6,800 yards