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Flames Place 3 on PING All-Region Team

May 28, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty’s Ervin Chang, Gabe Lench and Kieran Vincent were each named to the PING All-Region East team, joining a total of 26 players who were named to the East team.

Liberty's Ervin Chang, Gabe Lench and Kieran Vincent were each named to the PING All-Region East team, joining a total of 26 players who were named to the East team.

Three of the Flames' starting five golfers at the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship have been honored for their season-long efforts by being selected to the 2019 PING All-Region team.

Liberty's Ervin Chang, Gabe Lench and Kieran Vincent were each named to the PING All-Region East team, joining a total of 26 players who were named to the East team. In total, 150 student-athletes were named to the six PING All-Region teams.

This is the second time in program history Liberty has placed three players on the PING All-Region team during the same season. Mathieu Fenasse, Niklas Lindstrom and Chase Marinell each were named to the PING All-Region East team in 2014.

Chang finished his junior season with a 71.71 stroke average, which ranks fourth-best in program history.

Chang was named to the ASUN Men's Golf All-Conference first team and he was selected the ASUN Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He led the team with eight top-10 finishes and played 19-of-35 rounds at par or better (54.3 percent) this season.

Lench paced Liberty with a 71.62 season stroke average, marking the second best single-season stroke average in program history. Lench joined Chang on the ASUN Men's Golf All-Conference first team and the ASUN Men's Golf Championship All-Tournament team.

The lone senior in Liberty's starting lineup in 2018-19, Lench posted six top-10 finishes, including sharing medalist honors with teammate Alexandre Fuchs at the Intercollegiate at The Grove.

Lench became the first player in program history to advance to the final day of stroke play at this week's NCAA Men's Golf National Championship where he finished tied for 24th place with a 6-over par 294 (75-73-69-77).

Vincent was the Flames' third ASUN All-Conference golfer this season, earning second-team honors after posting a 72.71 season stroke average. After missing the 2017-18 season due to an injury, Vincent quickly bounced back and posted six top-10 finishes and played 17-of-38 rounds at par or better this year (44.7 percent).

All three golfers played key roles in Liberty making the program's second appearance in school history at the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship where the Flames finished tied for 20th place. Liberty was consistently ranked inside the top 25 most of the spring season, including a program best ranking of No. 18 on March 30.

PING All-Region East
Kengo Aoshima, Wake Forest
Eric Bae, Wake Forest
Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson
Eugenio Chacarra, Wake Forest
Ervin Chang, Liberty
Jack Lang, Davidson
Chandler Eaton, Duke
Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest
Stephen Franken, NC State
Ryan Gerard, North Carolina
Austin Hitt, North Carolina
Gabe Lench, Liberty
Nick Lyerly, UNC Greensboro
Bryson Nimmer, Clemson
Noah Norton, Georgia Tech
Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech
Andrew Orischak, Virginia
Adrien Pendaries, Duke
Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
Benjamin Shipp, NC State
Alex Smalley, Duke
Tyler Strafaci, Georgia Tech
Zack Taylor, Coastal Carolina
Kieran Vincent, Liberty
Thomas Walsh, Virginia
Cameron Young, Wake Forest