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Liberty Takes Runner-Up Spot at General Hackler Championship

March 10, 2020  Myrtle Beach, S.C.  RSS
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Following its second consecutive under-par score, No. 35 Liberty was able to climb up to the runner-up spot before the finish of the 2020 General Hackler Championship, Tuesday.

Following its second consecutive under-par score, No. 35 Liberty was able to climb up to the runner-up spot before the finish of the 2020 General Hackler Championship, Tuesday.

Following its second consecutive under-par score, No. 35 Liberty was able to climb up to the runner-up spot before the finish of the 2020 General Hackler Championship, Tuesday afternoon.

The Flames closed the Coastal Carolina hosted event with a 3-under par 285 and a total score of 8-under par 856 (288-283-285) on The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.

The only team to best the Flames in the 15-team field was No. 26 North Carolina, who finished 13 strokes ahead of Liberty.

With the Flames' best finish of the spring season, Liberty finished ahead of No. 7 Wake Forest, No. 14 Louisville, No. 25 ETSU and No. 46 and fellow ASUN foe North Florida.

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• Alexandre Fuchs – T10 2-under par 214 (71-71-72)
• No. 87 Kieran Vincent – T10 2-under par 214 (76-70-68)
• No. 66 Jonathan Yaun – T18 even par 216 (73-72-71)
• Zach Barbin – T31 3-over par 219 (74-70-75)
• Ervin Chang – T48 7-over par 223 (70-79-74)

Field Reflections:
• No. 26 North Carolina closed the tournament with a 9-under par 279, the tournament's best 18-hole team total.
• The Tar Heels claimed the team title at this event for the first time in program history, posting a winning score of 21-under par 843 (280-284-279).
• Liberty's 3-under par 285 on Tuesday allowed the Flames to leapfrog over No. 7 Wake Forest on the final day of competition, as the Demon Deacons finished one shot behind Liberty with a 7-under par 857 (281-288-288).
• No. 25 ETSU finished in fourth place with a 5-under par 859 (291-284-284), while No. 14 Louisville finished in a distance fifth place with a 2-over par 866 (293-285-288).
• Liberty has finished ahead of fellow ASUN Conference opponent North Florida in each of its four spring events.
• The Ospreys finished in sixth place with a 3-over par 867 (293-284-290).
• Despite closing the event with a 2-over par 74, Coastal Carolina's Zack Taylor claimed medalist honors by two strokes with a winning score of 8-under par 208 (66-68-74).

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• The Flames played the par-5 holes the best at this event, leading the 15-team field with a 4.65 scoring average/21-under par.
• Liberty ranked second in the field in par-3 scoring with a 3.03 scoring average (2-over par).
• The Flames finished the tournament in second place in pars (173), birdies (49) and tied for second with two eagles.
• Liberty's Kieran Vincent (76-70-68) and Alexandre Fuchs (71-71-72) paced the way for the Flames, finishing tied for 10th place with 2-under par 214.
• Fuchs led the 54-hole event with 43 total pars.
• Vincent, who is ranked No. 87 in the country, closed the event with a 4-under par 68, his best round of the tournament his sixth sub-70 round of the season.
• Vincent led the 84-man field in par-3 scoring, finishing play on the par-3 holes with an individual scoring average of 2.67 (4-under par).
• Zach Barbin led the Flames' dominance on the par-5 holes, finishing first in the field in par-5 scoring (4.33 scoring average/8-under par).

Back on the Course – Liberty's Next Event:
• 2020 Tar Heel Intercollegiate (March 21-22)
• UNC Finley Golf Course (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
• Hosted by North Carolina
• Par 72, 7,242 yards