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Golf team captures second straight Big South title

April 19, 2012 : Liberty University Athletics

The Liberty Flames golf team claimed its second Big South Men's Golf Championship in a row with a record-setting score at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C. on Wednesday.

With the victory, Liberty earns the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, giving the program its fourth NCAA Regional appearance in school history (2003, 2006 and 2011). Liberty will learn which of the six NCAA Regional locations it will be headed to on May 7.

At the championship, Liberty carded a championship-record 20-under par 844 (280-275-289) to win the title by 10 strokes over second-place Coastal Carolina (285-273-296-854). The previous 54-hole team record was set by Coastal Carolina in 1999, when the Chanticleers posted a 13-under par 851 at the Greenwood Country Club.

Liberty's Robert Karlsson overcame a four-shot deficit during the final day to claim his second career Big South medalist honor. The senior trailed Gardner-Webb's Daniel Kim (70-63-75-208) by four strokes coming into the day, but he eventually overtook the runner-up to win by two strokes.

Karlsson closed the event with a three-under par 69 to win individual medalist honors with a 10-under par 206 (69-68-69). The score was the second lowest individual 54-hole total in Big South Conference history. Karlsson, who also won the title in 2010, is the third repeat medalist in league championship history.

Chase Marinell and Niklas Lindstrom also posted top-six finishes to capture Big South all-conference honors. Liberty had three all-conference honorees in total on the year, with Karlsson earning all-conference honors based upon his regular season accomplishments.