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Golf Heads to Lone Star State for Next Event

March 24, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chase Marinell and the Flames will travel to Texas this weekend to participate in the Border Olympics, a 54-hole event hosted by Houston.

Chase Marinell and the Flames will travel to Texas this weekend to participate in the Border Olympics, a 54-hole event hosted by Houston.

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As the regular season starts to wind down, the Flames' golf program will travel to Texas this weekend to participate in the Border Olympics on Friday and Saturday.

The two-day event is hosted by No. 86 Houston at the Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas. The par-72, 7,125-yard trek is the longest the Flames have faced this spring.

The 54-hole event will continue a record-breaking season for the Flames who find themselves coming into the event boasting their best national team ranking in program history. Liberty currently ranks No. 30 in the latest Golfstat listing and No. 33 according to Golfweek's recent team listing.

The Flames will be one of four Top 35 ranked programs in the 18-team field, which also includes No. 18 Arkansas, No. 28 Oklahoma and No. 34 Indiana. In total, 11 of the 18 teams in this year's version of the Border Olympics currently rank inside the Top 100.

Texas State (292-289-295-876) is the tournament's defending champion. The Bobcats were able to overcome tough playing conditions during the final round of competition and fend off Oklahoma by four strokes to claim the team title (293-297-300-880).

Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen (70-68-75) enters the weekend as the defending individual champion. He was able to outdistance Auburn's Kyle Kopsick (68-75-72) by two strokes to capture individual medalist honors at last year's Border Olympics with a three-under par 213.

The Flames come into the weekend tournament fresh off a second-place finish at the Rio Pinar Invitational in Orlando, Fla., their second runner-up finish in three events. In total, Liberty has finished seven of eight team events in third place or better during the 2010-11 season.

Liberty tied its second-lowest 18-hole total of the season when the Flames closed the Rio Pinar with a 12-under par 276. The double-digit, red-figure total allowed the Flames (283-287-276-846) to finish ahead of then ranked No. 25 N.C. State (291-284-286-861) and only five strokes behind No. 31 UCF (275-282-284-841) on its home course.

Leading the charge for the Flames in the "Sunshine State" event was Robert Karlsson, who posted some career figures at the event.

The junior tied a career 18-hole low with a seven-under par 65 during the final round and finished tied for first with a 12-under par 204, his lowest career 54-hole total. Karlsson eventually fell to Florida Gulf Coast's Daniel Mazziotta in a playoff for medalist honors.

The Flames also got red-figure finishes by two native Floridians, as Chase Marinell finished in sixth place with a five-under par 211 (69-72-70) and Max McKay tied for seventh place with a four-under par 212 (70-70-72).

The 54-hole total was the best for Marinell in his first season with the Flames, while McKay carded his second lowest 54-hole total of the season and best since opening Liberty's spring slate back in January.

Liberty is one of five programs in the 18-team field with three or more nationally ranked golfers on its roster.
Karlsson will enter the event as the highest-ranked golfer, as the junior currently ranks No. 24 in the latest Golfstat listing. Marinell follows behind Karlsson at No. 206, while Preston Dembowiak currently ranks just below Marinell at No. 213.

The 18-team field will tee off for 36 holes of action on Friday, followed by the closing 18 holes of competition on Saturday. Golfstat will be providing live scoring during the event, which can be accessed by clicking the link at the top of this page.

Border Olympics
(Golfstat Team Rankings)
Air Force (No. 193)
Arkansas (No. 18)
Baylor (No. 57)
Houston (No. 86)
Indiana (No. 34)
Kansas (No. 112)
Kansas State (No. 132)
Lamar (No. 72)
Liberty (No. 30)
New Mexico State (No. 56)
North Texas (No. 37)
Oklahoma (No. 28)
Rice (No. 129)
Texas State (No. 107)
Toledo (No. 141)
UT Arlington (No. 71)
UT San Antonio (No. 176)
Washington State (No. 68)
Wichita State (No. 121)

Potential Top 250 Individually Ranked Golfers in the Field
(Golfstat Individual Rankings)
No. 24 – Robert Karlsson (Liberty)
No. 50 – Michael Whitehead (Rice)
No. 51 – Sebastian Cappelan (Arkansas)
No. 63 – Ethan Tracy (Arkansas)
No. 100 – David Erdy (Indiana)
No. 103 – Abraham Ancer (Oklahoma)
No. 104 – Carlos Ortis (North Texas)
No. 121 – Ryan Sirman (Oklahoma)
No. 126 – Zack Fischer (UT Arlington)
No. 152 – Jamie Marshall (Arkansas)
No. 154 – Joakim Mikkelsen (Baylor)
No. 159 – Riley Pumphrey (Oklahoma)
No. 164 – David Mills (Indiana)
No. 165 – Chase Wright (Indiana)
No. 169 – Niclas Mansson (Baylor)
No. 170 – Kevin Hesbois (Lamar)
No. 172 – Rodolfo Cassubon (North Texas)
No. 197 – Brant Peaper (Indiana)
No. 201 – Paul McConnell (UT Arlington)
No. 206 – Chase Marinell (Liberty)
No. 213 – Preston Dembowiak (Liberty)

No. 216 – Will Kropp (Oklahoma)
No. 221 – Austin Cook (Arkansas)
No. 229 – Wes Worster (UT Arlington)
No. 230 – Ryan O'Rear (Arkansas)

Course Information:
Laredo Country Club (Laredo, Texas)
Par 72, 7,125 yards