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Flames Tied for Fifth Place at FAMC Intercollegiate

October 8, 2017  College Grove, Tenn.  RSS
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Mickey DeMorat led the Flames during the first round of the First American Mortgage Intercollegiate, carding a 1-over par 73 on Sunday.

Mickey DeMorat led the Flames during the first round of the First American Mortgage Intercollegiate, carding a 1-over par 73 on Sunday.

Liberty battled rainy playing conditions during the first day of the First American Mortgage Intercollegiate on Sunday and is currently tied for fifth place.

The 12-team field fought persistent rainfall throughout the day brought on by Hurricane Nate, making The Grove Club a challenging venue (par 72, 7,389).

Only three teams carded scores in the single digit over-par range or better with the 68-man field playing the course at an average score of 77.68.

Ole Miss, the event's defending champion, was the only team to tame the Greg Norman designed golf course, carding a 1-under par 287 to hold a five stroke lead after 18 holes of play.

Tournament host Middle Tennessee stands in second place, playing its home course at 4-over 292, followed by Georgia Tech's 9-over par 297.

Kennesaw State is one stroke ahead of Liberty and the College of Charleston. The Owls opened the three-day event with a 13-over par 301, while the Flames and Cougars are tied for fifth place following a 14-over par 302.

Three players in the field were able to best the less than ideal conditions and post under-par scores. Ole Miss' Josh Seiple and Middle Tennessee's Tyler Johnson share the clubhouse lead following a round played at 2-under par 70. College of Charleston's Michael Sass is one shot off the individual lead after a 1-under par 71.

Mickey DeMorat led the Flames on the day and is tied for ninth place with a 1-over par 73. The senior birdied two of his first four holes of play before course conditions became challenging due to the rain.

Alexandre Fuchs is tied for 18th place with a 3-over par 75, followed by Ervin Chang who is in 23rd place after a 4-over par 76.

Fuchs led the Flames on the day with four birdies, but could not overcome a triple bogey seven on the par-4, 344-yard No. 4 hole. Chang ranked second on Liberty's roster with three first-round birdies to offset four bogeys and a double bogey on No. 4.

Liberty's Isaiah Logue is tied for 35th place following a 6-over par 78 on Sunday, while Gabe Lench is tied for 47th place after an 8-over par 80.

With the remnants of Hurricane Nate set to clear the greater Nashville area overnight, the 12-team field will look for more favorable playing conditions during the middle round of the three-day event. For tomorrow's second round, Liberty will be paired with golfers from Memphis and will be sent off the No. 10 tee (par 4, 404 yards) starting at 9:20 a.m. (CST).