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Flames Sit in Sixth Following Day One Action

September 17, 2012  Toledo, Ohio  RSS
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Niklas Lindstrom is one of two Liberty golfers currently tied for 10th place after two rounds at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational.

Niklas Lindstrom is one of two Liberty golfers currently tied for 10th place after two rounds at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational.

The Liberty Flames bettered their score by five shots the second time around the Inverness Club on Monday and currently stand in sixth place following the first day of action at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational.

The Flames enter tomorrow's final round in sixth place in the 10-team field, following 36 holes of action where they carded a 15-over par 582. Liberty opened with a 10-over par 294 during the morning flight, but came back with a five-over par 289 in the afternoon, the team's best 18-hole score early in the 2012-13 season.

North Texas was the picture of consistency throughout the day, carding back-to-back even par rounds of 284 to lead the Toledo-hosted event with a 568. Northwestern is in second place with a five-over par 573 (285-288), followed by Florida State in third with a 10-over par 578 (289-289).

Two teams are just strokes ahead of the Flames, with South Florida in fourth place with an 11-over par 578 (293-286) and Kent State in fifth with a 13-over par 581 (289-292).

A total of five players finished first-day action on the par-71, 7,255-yard Inverness Club course under par. Leading the 63-man field is North Texas' Rodolfo Cazaubon with a four-under par 138 (70-68).

South Florida's Chase Koepka is in second place with a three-under par 139 (71-68), followed by Michigan's Brett McIntosh (71-70), Kent State's Kevin Miller (66-75) and North Texas' Jason Roets (71-70) who share third with a one-over par 141.

Three of Liberty's starting five are currently tied for 14th or better in the field, starting with Niklas Lindstrom and Mathieu Fenasse, who are tied for 10th with a two-over par 144.

Lindstrom fired matching rounds of 72, having the identical number of birdies (four birdies) and bogeys (five bogeys) on both of his scorecards today.

Fenasse struggled out of the gates by bogeying three of his first six holes and did not card his first birdie until his final hole of the first round to open with a two-over 73. During the afternoon, the sophomore offset two bogeys with two birdies to fire his ninth career round at par or better with an even par 71.

A double bogey by Chase Marinell on his ninth hole of the day dropped the all-conference golfer back to four-over on the day. However, the junior finished his final 27 holes with five birdies and four bogeys to post scores of 74 and 71, respectively.

Max McKay (76-75) and Harrison Winger (75-76) rounded out Liberty's starting five and the pair of Liberty golfers share 42nd place with a nine-over par 151.

McKay was four-over par after five holes, but was able to gather himself and only card one final bogey during the morning flight. In the afternoon, he was one-over par through seven holes after his second birdie of the round, but closed with three bogeys on the back side to card a four-over par 75.

Winger followed McKay during his first collegiate round of golf, with the freshman posting four bogeys and 14 pars en route to an opening four-over par 75. He found a pair of birdies during the afternoon, but also carded five bogeys and one double bogey to finish with a five-over par 76.

Liberty had one other player in the field, as Andrew Colvin finished the day with a seven-over par 148 (76-72) and is tied for 27th place. The senior had six bogeys and one birdie during the morning to begin with a five-over par 76, before carding three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey en route to a one-over par 72 to close out the day.

Each of the players in the 10-team field will hit the tee at 8:30 a.m. to complete the final round of the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational. Liberty's golfers will begin the shotgun-started round on holes No. 6-9, along with golfers from Penn State and host Toledo.