No. 21 Liberty shaved 10 shots off its first day score, but was still unable to keep the pace set by an experienced No. 14 ranked North Florida squad, which left the Flames in second place following Round 2 of the 2019 ASUN Men's Golf Championship.
Liberty carded a 1-under par 287 during its second time around Legends Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club (par 72, 7,032 yards), while the conference's defending champions were four shots better on Monday with a 5-under par 283.
Entering tomorrow's final round, North Florida leads the eight-team field with a 4-under par 572 (289-283). The Flames are 12 shots back of the Ospreys, as Liberty is in second place with an overall 8-over par 584 (297-287).
The final round of the conference championship event gets underway at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The lead group of North Florida (572/-4), Liberty (582/+8) and Kennesaw State (598/+22) will be sent off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 445 yards) starting at 9:35 a.m.
Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five: • No. 56 Gabe Lench: 4 1-under par 143 (74-69) • Kieran Vincent: T6 2-over par 146 (72-74) • Alexandre Fuchs: T8 3-over par 147 (73-74) • Jonathan Yuan: T12 5-over par 149 (78-71) • No. 29 Ervin Chang: T22 9-over par 153 (80-73)
Field Reflections: • North Florida enters tomorrow's final looking for its second championship in a row and sixth in program history. • The Ospreys have won four out of the last seven times the ASUN Men's Golf Championship has been held at The Legends Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018). • Liberty will be looking for its sixth conference title in program history and its first in the ASUN Conference. • The Flames, a 27-year member of the Big South Conference, won five out of the last eight Big South titles before leaving the league, last year (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018). • The tournament looks to be a two-team race with the Flames holding a 14-stroke lead over third-place Kennesaw State (598/22-over par) and a 15-shot edge over fourth place Jacksonville (599/23-over par). • The course played more than three strokes less on Monday (74.56 scoring average) than it did during a blustery opening round on Sunday (77.58 scoring average). • Despite the lower scores, only three teams in the field managed to break par on Monday: North Florida (5-under par 289), North Alabama (3-under par 285) and Liberty (1-under par 287). • North Florida's Jordan Batchelor leads the 40-man field at 6-under par 138 (70-68) and holds a four-stroke lead over Lipscomb's Paul Swindell (2-under par 142/73-69) and Jacksonville's Thomas Thurloway (2-under par 142/70-72). • Following a quadruple bogey on the par-4, No. 11 hole (409 yards), Batchelor closed his round with birdies on 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18, plus an eagle on the par-5, No. 14 hole to post a 4-under par 68 on Monday.
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes: • Entering tomorrow's final round, the Flames are paced by senior Gabe Lench, who is in fourth place with a 1-under par 143 (74-69). • The No. 56 ranked golfer in the country posted his seventh sub-70 round of the season and third in the last seven rounds thanks to seven birdies on the day. • Kieran Vincent is tied for sixth place at 2-over par 146 (72-74) after birdies on four of his last seven holes allowed the redshirt sophomore to remain inside the top 10. • Alexandre Fuchs is tied for eighth place as he is one shot back of Vincent with a 3-over par 147 (73-74). • Jonathan Yaun, who is playing in his first conference championship event as a freshman, is tied for 12th place with a 5-over par 149 (78-71) thanks to 15 pars during Monday's second round. • Ervin Chang, who is ranked No. 28 in the country, rebounded after an 8-over par 80 on Sunday and is tied for 22nd place with an overall 9-over par 153 (80-73). • Four of Liberty's five golfers closed the day with a birdie at the par-4, 432-yard closing No. 18 hole (Chang, Fuchs, Lench and Vincent).
Course Information: • Chateau Elan Golf Club – Legends Course (Braselton, Ga.) • Par 72, 7,032 yards
Following the Flames at ASUN Men's Golf Championship: • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com • Twitter @LibertyGolf • Instagram @LibertyGolf • Round 3 Tee Time: Monday at 9:35 a.m./EST (No. 1 tee)