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Flames Finish Shoal Creek Invite in Sixth Place

October 1, 2013  Birmingham, Ala.  RSS
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Chase Marinell was Liberty's top finisher at the Shoal Creek Invitational, carding a two-under par 214 to finish tied for sixth place.

Chase Marinell was Liberty's top finisher at the Shoal Creek Invitational, carding a two-under par 214 to finish tied for sixth place.

The Flames were one of 10 teams in the 12-team field to post higher scores on Tuesday, causing Liberty to finish the Shoal Creek Invitational in sixth place.

Following a pair of four-under par rounds of 284 on Monday, Liberty slipped two spots down the team leaderboard to sixth place on Tuesday.

The Flames finished the UAB-hosted event with an overall two-over par 866 (284-284-298), carding 10-over par 298 during the final round of competition.

Memphis was one of only two teams in the field to best the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club on Tuesday with under-par scores, carding a 12-under par 276 to win the event. The Tigers' overall score was a 22-under par 842 (280-286-276).

Memphis finished six strokes ahead of tournament-host UAB, who posted a second-place score of 16-under par 848 (283-273-292).

Ole Miss (280-278-299) and Florida (296-275-286) shared third place with a seven-under par 857, followed by UCF, who rounded out the top five teams in the field with an even par score of 864 (285-288-291).

Ole Miss' Blake Morris (68-67-73) and Memphis' Lars van Meijel (69-73-66) shared first place following 54 holes of competition and a playoff was not used to break the tie for individual medalist honors.

A total of 17 players posted red-score figures in the event that was hosted by UAB alum and PGA Tour professional Graeme McDowell, including Liberty's Chase Marinell.

The Flames' senior golfer finished the event tied for ninth place with an overall two-under par 214 (71-67-76). During his closing round, Marinell carded a eagle three on the par-5, No. 11 hole to get back to one-over par on the day. However, he bogeyed three of his last six holes to fall back to his closing-round, four-over par score.

Ian McConnell (68-75-75) and Mathieu Fenasse (72-70-76) were two of the seven players who shared 24th place with a two-over par 218.

Fenasse was only able to card one birdie during his final round to go along with three bogeys and a double bogey to record his highest 18-hole of the season.

A three-hole stretch around the turn that included two bogeys and a double bogey left McConnell at six-over on the day following 10 holes. However, the senior was able to trim the over-par score in half with three birdies on the backside to lower his final score.

Michael Hocker finished two strokes back of McConnell and Fenasse, sharing 32nd place with a four-over par 220 (73-72-75). The sophomore struggled during the early portion of his round, with bogeys on three of his first four holes, and was never able to recover en route to his highest 18-hole score at this event.

Niklas Lindstrom finished tied for 34th place with a five-under par 221 (74-75-72). The senior did have his final round score at two-under par midway through the round, but bogeys on both par-3 holes on the back nine (No. 13 and No. 16) dropped him back to level par on the day.

The Flames will close out the fall portion of their 2013-14 schedule in two weeks when they travel to Durham, N.C., to compete in the Rod Myers Invitational on Oct. 12-13.

Liberty finished in fourth place at last year's Duke-hosted event, carding an eight-over par 872 (301-286-285) from the championship tees on the Duke Golf Club.