Following a pair of 3-under par rounds of 285, Liberty finds itself in third place after day one action at the 2019 Island Resort Intercollegiate.
The Flames, who finished last year ranked No. 22 in the country, began their quest to return to the national championship with consistent play on the Sage Run Golf Course (par 72, 7,375 yards).
The South Dakota State hosted tournament is a new event on the Flames' fall slate and is the season opener for the 10-team field.
Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five: • Kieran Vincent: T3 5-under par 139 (71-68) • Alexandre Fuchs: T11 1-under par 143 (69-74) • Ervin Chang: T21 2-over par 146 (73-73) • Jonathan Yaun: T21 2-over par 146 (72-74) • Zach Barbin: N/A (DNP-77)
Individuals: • Connor Polender: T27 3-over par 147 (74-73) • Isaac Simmons: T41 6-over par 150 (78-72) • Kevin Latchayya: 71 15-over par 159 (80-79)
Field Reflections: • Purdue holds a four-stroke lead on the 10-team field after opening the season with a 36-hole total of 11-under par 565 (280-285). • East Carolina is one shot ahead of the Flames and is in second place following a 7-under par 569 (282-287). • UCF rounds out the top-four teams who hold under-par scores after carding a 3-under par 573 (292-281). • Michigan State's James Piot (68-70) and Purdue's Joe Weiler (68-70) hold the individual clubhouse lead with a 6-under par 138.
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes: • Liberty led the 10-team field in par-5 scoring (20-under par/4.44 scoring average). • The Flames are paced by Kieran Vincent, who is tied for third place following a 5-under par 139 (71-68). • The redshirt junior is one shot off the overall lead thanks to a 4-under par 68 round during the afternoon, his 15th career sub-70 round. • Vincent overcame an early stretch of holes where he carded three-straight bogeys, finishing the second round with five total birdies and an eagle. • Alexandre Fuchs is tied for 11th place following a 1-under par 143 (69-74), opening the event with his eighth career sub-70 round of golf. • Ervin Chang (73-73) and Jonathan Yaun (72-74) are tied for 21st place following rounds of 2-over par 146. • Chang led the Flames on the day with nine total birdies, while Yaun paced the 78-man field in par-3 scoring (3-under par/2.63 average).
Course Information: • Sage run Golf Club (Bark River, Mich.) • Par 72, 7,375 yards
Following the Flames at Island Resort Intercollegiate: • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com • Twitter @LibertyGolf • Instagram @LibertyGolf • Round 3 Tee Time: Monday at 9:05 a.m./CST (off No. 1 tee)