After the Linger Longer Invitational was shortened to 36 holes, Liberty's closing holes at the event caused the Flames to slip down the leaderboard, where they finished in 11th place.
Yesterday's opening round of the Linger Longer Invitational had a two-plus hour delay due to rain and thunder and the 14-team field was not able to finish the second round on Saturday.
The teams tried to return to the Great Waters at Reynolds Plantation course, Sunday morning, to resume their second round at 8:30 a.m. But they were not able to get onto the course until 11 a.m., which forced tournament officials to shorten the event to 36 holes.
Coming into the day, No. 29/40 Liberty (Golfweek/Golfstat rankings) was showing improvement during its second time around the par-72, 7,073 course.
After posting a 12-over par 300 during the first round, Liberty was two-over par through its first 10 to 13 holes of its second round and was in eighth place. However, the Flames were seven-over par during their closing eight holes of play to drop three spots down the leaderboard and post a 21-over par 597 (300-297).
No. 2/2 Alabama won the event for the third year in a row, with the Crimson Tide posting a 16-under par 560 (281-279). Tournament co-hosts Kennesaw State finished a distance second with an even par 576 (291-285).
Four out of the next five teams on the leaderboard were part of the six teams that came into the event ranked inside the latest Top 40 rankings.
No. 13/14 Oklahoma State took third place with a one-over par 577 (289-288), followed by No. 11/10 Georgia Tech (295-284-579/three-over par) and No. 15/12 Georgia (291-291-582/six-over par).
Mercer, who also shared tournament host duties with Kennesaw State, finished in sixth place with a 13-over par 589 (298-291), followed by No. 33/31 Oklahoma, who finished seventh with a 15-over par 591 (295-296).
Alabama's Cory Whitsett birdies his last two holes of play to claim his third consecutive Linger Longer Invitational title. He led 16 golfers in red figures, finishing atop the leaderboard with a seven-under par 137 (67-70).
Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse also joined the group of 16 golfers to finish under par, as the sophomore finished tied for 10th place with a one-under par 143 (73-70).
Fenasse had got his second round score to four-under par after his seventh birdie of the day on his 16th hole, but he closed with a double-bogey six on his final hole to drop back to two-under for the day. Fenasse has now carded a score of 70 in four out of his last seven rounds of golf.
After bogeying five of his first nine holes at the event, Chase Marinell closed with six birdies and three additional bogeys during his final 27 holes of play to share 23rd place with a two-over par 146 (74-72).
The Flames final three golfers in the field were Niklas Lindstrom, who finished tied for 46th place with a seven-over par 151 (76-75), Max McKay, who finished tied for 67th place with a 13-over par 157 (77-80) and Michael Hocker, who shared 72nd place with a 14-over par 158 (78-80).
The Flames will have one final event before they look to defend their back-to-back Big South titles when Liberty travels to Austin, Texas, on April 13-14 for the Morris Williams Invitational. The 54-hole hole will be hosted at the University of Texas Golf Club.