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No. 35 Liberty Wraps Up Fall Schedule with 2nd Place Finish

October 28, 2018  Greensboro, N.C.  RSS
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No. 35 Liberty Wraps Up Fall Schedule with 2nd Place Finish

No. 35 Liberty weathered windy playing conditions and tough pin placements to finish the 2018 Grandover Collegiate in second place.

The Flames carded the second-best final round in the UNCG-hosted event with a 7-over par 295 during Sunday's blustery 18 holes of action. Liberty finished the event with an overall 15-over par 879 (295-289-295) on the Grandover Resort – East Course (par 72, 7,245 yards).

Liberty's strong finish on Sunday allowed the Flames to climb two spots up the leaderboard to finish as a runner-up to UNCG.

The weekend event marked the final tournament of Liberty's four-event fall schedule. The Flames will return to action on Feb. 4-5 when they participate in the Sea Best Invitational at the TPC Sawgrass – Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• Ervin Chang: T3 2-under par 214 (74-71-69)
• Kieran Vincent: T8 1-over par 217 (74-69-74)
• Gabe Lench: T10 2-over par 218 (72-74-72)
• Alexandre Fuchs: T51 15-over par 231 (76-75-80)
• Zach Barbin: T51 15-over par 150 (75-75-81)
• Jonathan Yaun: T18 6-over par 222 (75-75-72)
• Mitchell Klooz: T59 16-over par 233 (78-72-82)

Field Reflections:
• Home course advantage helped the UNCG Spartans claim the title at their own home event, winning the event by 10 strokes over Liberty with a winning score of 5-over par 869 (289-282-298).
• Only three teams in the 12-team field managed to post a team score in the single-digit over-par range on Sunday: Mercer (6-over par 294), Liberty (7-over par 295) and Virginia Tech (9-over par 297). All other team scores were double-digits over par.
• Liberty, ranked No. 35 in the Golfstat national rankings, was the top ranked team in the field as all of No. 3 Duke's golfers competed as individuals.

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• Liberty led the 12-team field in pars, finishing 56 holes of play with 169 pars. Ervin Chang led the Flames with 41 pars during the weekend event.
• Ervin Chang tied for the second-lowest individual round on Sunday, carding a 3-under par 69. The marked his second sub-70 round of the fall season and secured his third career top-five finish with a 2-under par 214 (74-71-69).
• Gabe Lench finished the even tied for 10th with a 2-over par 218 (72-74-72). The score allowed the senior to finish the fall with a 71.92 scoring average, the eighth-best fall scoring averaging in program history.
• Liberty finishes the fall season with 289.83 team scoring average, the second-best mark in school history (program record was a 283.07 in 2016).
• Kieran Vincent finished the event tied for tied for eighth place with a 1-over par 217 (74-69-74). The result marked his fifth career top-10 finish and his first since a runner-up finish in the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship for the golfer who missed the 2017-18 season due to an injury.

Back on the Course – Liberty's Next Event:
• 2019 Sea Best Invitational (Feb. 4-5)
• TPC Sawgrass – Valley Course (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
• Hosted by Jacksonville
• Par 70, 6,858 yards