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Flames Finish as Runner-Up at 2019 ASUN Championship

April 23, 2019  Braselton, Ga.  RSS
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Kieran Vincent had the round of the day for the Flames, finishing off the event with a 3-under par 69, which included four front-nine birdies, to post his best tournament of the season with a 1-under par 215 (72-74-69).

Kieran Vincent had the round of the day for the Flames, finishing off the event with a 3-under par 69, which included four front-nine birdies, to post his best tournament of the season with a 1-under par 215 (72-74-69).

No. 21 Liberty pushed No. 14 North Florida throughout the three-day event, and matched the Ospreys during the final round, but ultimately could not overtake them, as the Flames finished as the runner-up during their inaugural ASUN Men's Golf Championship.

Liberty posted back-to-back under-par team scores during its final two trips around Legends Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club (par 72, 7,032 yards), finishing the tournament with a 6-over par 870 (297-287-286).

North Florida posted a winning score of 6-under par 858 (289-283-286), claiming its second title in a row and sixth in program history.

Liberty was well represented on the ASUN Men's Golf All-Tournament team, as senior Gabe Lench birdied the last two holes to make the team, finishing tied for third place with teammate and redshirt sophomore Kieran Vincent.

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• No. 56 Gabe Lench: T3 1-under par 215 (74-69-72)
• Kieran Vincent: T3 1-over par 215 (72-74-69)
• Jonathan Yaun: T10 6-over par 222 (78-71-73)
• Alexandre Fuchs: T10 6-over par 222 (73-74-75)
• No. 28 Ervin Chang: T18 9-over par 225 (80-73-72)

Field Reflections:
• The North Florida Ospreys have won five out of the last eight times the ASUN Men's Golf Championship has been held at The Legends Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club (2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019).
• Liberty came into the event 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 turned into a two-team race during the final two days of competition with Jacksonville finishing 17 strokes behind Liberty to take third place with a 23-over par 887 (304-295-288).
• North Florida's Jordan Batchelor, the overnight clubhouse leader, claimed medalist honors, finishing in first place with a winning score of 5-under par 211 (70-68-73).

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• Vincent had the round of the day for the Flames, finishing off the event with a 3-under par 69, which included four front-nine birdies, to post his best tournament of the season with a 1-under par 215 (72-74-69).
• Vincent led the 40-team field in par-3 scoring, playing the par-3 holes at a scoring average of 2.75 (3-under par).
• Lench, the No. 56 ranked golfer in the country, recorded his sixth career top-5 finish, sharing third place with Vincent by carding a 1-under par 215 (74-69-72).
• Liberty's lone senior in the Flames' starting lineup made a back nine charge to climb back into the top-five, including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 No. 17 (481 yards) and No. 18 (432 yards).
• The Flames' Jonathan Yaun (78-71-73) and Alexandre Fuchs (73-74-75) shared 10th place with a 6-over par 222.
• Ervin Chang, the No. 28 ranked player in the nation, continued to show improvement, closing the tournament with his 18th round at par or better this season to finish tied for 18th place with a 9-over par 225 (80-73-72).

Back on the Course – Liberty's Next Event:
• NCAA Men's Golf Regionals (May 13-15)
• Selection Show: May 1 at 9 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel
• Six Select NCAA Regional Locations:
- Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., hosted by Washington State
- Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., hosted by Stanford
- TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, S.C., hosted by Coastal Carolina
- University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky., hosted by Louisville
- University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., hosted by Georgia
- University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by Texas

NCAA Regional Outlook:
• Six NCAA Regionals will host 81 teams, with 31 teams earning automatic qualifiers to the regionals as conference championships, plus 50 at-large selections.
• With the Flames entering the ASUN Championship ranked No. 21 in the latest Golfstat rankings, Liberty has put itself in a good position to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional.
• Liberty will be looking to make its 10th NCAA Regional appearance and fourth in a row (2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
• The selection would be the Flames' fifth at-large selection into the NCAA Regionals and the first since 2017 (2003, 2006, 2013 and 2017)