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Flames Prepped for SunTrust Gator Invitational

February 13, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Following a successful beginning to the spring schedule, No. 29 Liberty returns to the “Sunshine State” this weekend to participate in the 2020 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Following a successful beginning to the spring schedule, No. 29 Liberty returns to the "Sunshine State" this weekend to participate in the 2020 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

Live Stats: SunTrust Gator Invitational

Following a successful beginning to the spring schedule, No. 29 Liberty returns to the "Sunshine State" this weekend to participate in the 2020 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

The tournament is hosted by Florida on the Gator's home course, the Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards) in Gainesville, Fla. The course has been Florida's home golf course since the 1960s and has hosted the Gator Invitational since 1978.

The 2020 SunTrust Gator Invitational starts play on Saturday where the 15-team field will play 36 continuous holes with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The 18-hole final round will be played on Sunday, with golfers going off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees between 8 and 10 a.m.

Now on The Tee – Liberty's Starting Five (2019-20 Stroke Average)
• Kieran Vincent (71.00)
• Jonathan Yaun (71.13)
• Alexandre Fuchs (71.33)
• Ervin Chang (71.60)
• Zach Barbin (72.62)

Tournament Reflections – Liberty's Previous Showing at the SunTrust Gator Invitational:  
• The Flames are no stranger to Florida's on-campus golf course, having participated in this event the last eight seasons.
• Liberty's best showing at this event took place last year where the Flames finished in third place with a 2-under par 842 (285-277-280).
• Prior to last year's top-three finish, Liberty's best showing in seven previous trips to Gainesville, Fla., were sixth-place finishes in 2012, 2016 and 2018.
• Ervin Chang paced the way for the Flames in 2019, finished tied for seventh place with a 2-over par 208 (73-63-72).
• Chang's top-10 finish was aided by a second round 7-under par 63, the lowest round of his collegiate career.
• Four out of Liberty's starting five golfers this weekend also participated in the 2019 version of the Gator Invitational (Chang: T7 -2 208; Yaun: T12 +2 212; Fuchs: T30 +5 215; Vincent: T49 +10 220).

From the 18th Green – Recapping Liberty's Last Time Out
• Liberty opened the spring portion of its 2019-20 schedule with a third-place finish at the Sea Best Invitational, Feb. 3 and 4.
• The Flames finished the event ahead of three other ASUN Conference members: North Florida finished in fifth place (7-over par 847), Lipscomb finished in seventh place (15-over par 855) and tournament host Jacksonville finished in 10th place (25-over par 865 (291-289-285).
• No. 12 Texas A&M claimed the team title with a winning score of 13-under par 827 (281-272-274).
• The Aggies finished two strokes ahead of Florida, who took home runner-up honors with an 11-under par 829 (276-278-275).
• The Flames were paced by Ervin Chang, who finished tied for sixth place with a 3-under par 207 (71-71-65).
• Chang closed the tournament with a 5-under par 65, his lowest round of the 2019-20 season.
• Jonathan Yaun finished tied for 12th place with an even-par 210 (69-71-70), marking his fourth tournament finish at par or better in six events this season.
• Kieran Vincent, who entered the event ranked No. 80 in the country, finished tied for 19th place with 1-over par 211 (71-69-71), giving him his third-straight top-20 finish.

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes
• Following the third-place finish at the Sea Best Invitational, Liberty's Golfstat national ranking moved up four spots to No. 29.
• As a team, Liberty finished the fall season with a 284.0 stroke average, the second-best fall team stroke average in school history.
• Four out of Liberty's starting five golfers finished the fall season with an individual stroke average below 72.0.
• Liberty enters the spring portion of its 2019-20 schedule looking to make its ninth trip to the NCAA Regionals in the last 10 years.

Looking at the Field (Golfstat national ranking as of 2/11/20):
Coastal Carolina (No. 74)
Florida (No. 31)
Georgia Southern (No. 94)
Jacksonville (No. 141)
Liberty (No. 29)
Mississippi State (No. 70)
Missouri (No. 86)
Penn State (No. 73)
Toledo (No. 172)
UCF (No. 39)
UNF (No. 26)
USF (No. 36)
Vanderbilt (No. 19)
West Virginia (No. 47)
Wichita State (No. 196)

Course Information:
• Mark Bostick Golf Course (Gainesville, Fla.)
• Par 70, 6,701 yards

Following the Flames at SunTrust Gator Invitational:
Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com
• Twitter @LibertyGolf
• Instagram @LibertyGolf
• Round 1 Tee Time: Saturday at 8:00 a.m./EST (shotgun start)