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Flames in Eighth at Suspended Linger Longer Invitational

March 23, 2013  Greensboro, Ga.  RSS
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Mathieu Fenasse will end the last day of the Linger Longer Invitational tied for eighth place.

Mathieu Fenasse will end the last day of the Linger Longer Invitational tied for eighth place.

Following a two-hour rain and thunder delay, there was not enough time to finish the second round of the 2013 Linger Longer Invitational on Saturday.

Midway through the second round, No. 29/40 Liberty (Golfweek/GolfStat rankings) currently stands in eighth place and 27 strokes off the pace being set by No. 2/2 Alabama.

Most teams have roughly seven to nine holes remaining to complete their second round at the Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation course, which is playing at a par-72 and 7,073 yards.

The delay that took the golfers off the course from 10:20 a.m. to 12:38 p.m. seemed to help the Flames, as Liberty has posted better scores during their second trip around the course.

Liberty finished the first round in 11th place in the 14-team field following a 12-over par 300, marking its first 300 team score since the closing round of the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 18, 2012.

Liberty's golfers have completed between 10 and 13 holes of their second round and currently are two-over par during the second round, raising the team's position to eighth.

The seven teams that currently sit ahead of the Flames on the leaderboard are five of the six Top 40 ranked teams in the field (Liberty is the sixth ranked team) and tournament co-host Kennesaw State and Mercer.

Alabama, who opened the day with a seven-under par 281, is still in first place with a current 13-under par score.

Kennesaw State and No. 13/14 Oklahoma State are tied for second place with a current even-par score. Kennesaw State is besting Oklahoma State by two strokes during the second round.

No. 11/10 Georgia Tech is having the second-best second round of the tournament at five-under par through holes 12-14 and is in fourth place with an aggregate two-over par score.

No. 15/12 Georgia is in fifth place at five-over par, No. 33/31 Oklahoma is in sixth place at seven-over par and Mercer is in sixth place at 10-over par.

Seventeen of the 80 individual players in the field are currently in red figures midway through the second round.

Leading the way are Oklahoma's Michael Gellerman and two-time defending individual medalist Cory Whitsett of Alabama. The pair of golfers currently share the clubhouse lead at five-under par.

Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse is another of the 17 players currently under par. After posting a one-over par 73 during the opening round, the sophomore has moved up the leaderboard to a share for eighth place as he is three-under par through 13 holes. He has posted six birdies and three bogeys so far during his second round.

The Flames next golfer on the leaderboard is Chase Marinell, who currently shares 27th place at two-over par. He opened with a two-over par 74 during the morning flight and stands at even par through 11 holes during his second round.

Niklas Lindstrom is one of the reasons why Liberty has improved its standing during the second round. The junior opened with a four-over par 76, but is only one-over par through 11 holes during the second round to share 41st place with a five-over par score.

The Flames final two golfers in the field are Max McKay, who is currently tied for 63rd place (+9), and Michael Hocker, who is tied for 72nd place (+12). McKay opened the tournament with a five-over par 77, while Hocker carded a six-over par 78 during the first round.

The 14-team field will return to the course tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. to resume play in the second round, before circling the course for one last 18 holes to complete the 54-hole event during the afternoon.