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No. 20 Liberty Tied for Second in Weather-Shortened Stitch Intercollegiate

April 12, 2019  Cary, N.C.  RSS
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Liberty's Kieran Vincent

Liberty's Kieran Vincent

No. 20 Liberty is currently tied for second place midway through the second round of a now weather-shortened 2019 Stitch Intercollegiate, hosted by NC State.

The 14-team field battled poor playing conditions throughout the day on Friday during their round and a half at the MacGregor Downs Country Club (par 72, 6,973 yards).

The teams played nearly the entire first round in moderate to steady rain during the morning flight, while the afternoon round was halted due to lightning at 4:55 p.m. With the threat of more inclement weather the rest of Friday evening, tournament officials called off play.

Play is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning and the event will be shortened from 54 to 36 holes. When the 14-team field returns to the course in the morning, most players will have seven or eight holes left to play to complete the tournament.

If the forecasted overnight rains leave an already rain-soaked MacGregor Downs Country Club in an unplayable condition, the 18-hole tournament results will stand as the event's final scores.

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• No. 28 Ervin Chang: T5 3-under par (70/1-under par during second round)
• Kieran Vincent: T5 3-under par (71/2-under par during second round)
• Jonathan Yaun: T15 even par (71/1-over par during second round)
• No. 58 Gabe Lench: T15 even par (72/even par during second round)
• Alexandre Fuchs: T47 4-over par (75/1-over par during second round)
• Zach Barbin (Individual): T52 5-over par (78/1-under par during second round)

Field Reflections:
• When the horn sounded at 4:55 p.m., No. 21 Louisville led the field at 11-under par (282/5-under par during the second round).
• No. 20 Liberty (284/2-under par during the second round) and No. 3 Wake Forest (285/3-under par during the second round) were tied for second place.
• Tournament host and No. 26 ranked NC State is the last team currently in red figures, as the Pack stands at 4-under par on its home course (291/7-under par during the second round).
• If the event reverts back to just an 18-hole event, No. 21 Louisville will be declared the victor after the Cardinals opened the tournament with a 6-under par 282.
• Liberty would record its third-straight runner-up finish, as the Flames finished the first round in second place after a 4-under par 284.
• No. 3 Wake Forest would finish in third place after opening the tournament with a 3-under par 285.
• Individual medalist honors would go to Wake Forest's Cameron Young after the No. 19 ranked golfer in the country opened the tournament with a 4-under par 68, Friday morning.

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• When play was halted on Friday afternoon, Ervin Chang, who currently ranks No. 28 in the country, and Kieran Vincent were tied for fifth place at 3-under par.
• Jonathan Yaun and Gabe Lench, who is ranked No. 58 in the country, are tied for 15th place at even par.
• If the event reverts back to a 18-hole tournament, Chang will finish as Liberty's top golfer following a 2-under par 70 during the morning flight, which was tied for third place.
• Vincent and Yaun were tied for 11th place after a 1-under par 71 during the first round.
• Liberty's starting five golfers will resume play on holes No. 11-14 at 9 a.m., while Zach Barbin, who is completing as an individual, will return to the No. 10 hole.

Course Information:
• MacGregor Downs Country Club (Cary, N.C.)
• Par 72, 6,973 yards

Following the Flames at Stitch Intercollegiate:
• Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com
• Twitter @LibertyGolf
• Instagram @LibertyGolf
• Round 2 Tee Resumes: Saturday at 9 a.m./EST

Photos by Andy Mead: