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Under-Par Effort Has Flames in Fourth Place

October 12, 2013  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Chase Marinell is currently in fourth place following two rounds of play at the Rod Myers Invitational.

Chase Marinell is currently in fourth place following two rounds of play at the Rod Myers Invitational.

The Flames carded their second-best, 18-hole total of the season during the second round of the Rod Myers Invitational on Saturday and enter tomorrow's closing round in fourth place.

Liberty carded a six-under par 282 during its second trip around the Duke University Golf Course (par 72, 7,154 yards) and was one of six teams in the 11-team field to break par during the second round.

The Flames' under-par second round helped them to finish the first day's action with an overall even par 576 (294-282), which has them in fourth place.

Northwestern holds a sizeable lead on second-place North Carolina and Baylor, with the Wildcats standing atop the overall leaderboard with a 13-under par 563 (283-280).

North Carolina (285-290) and Baylor (294-281) are just one shot ahead of the Flames, as both teams finished the first 36 holes of play with a one-under par 575.

Tournament host Duke rounds out the top five teams in the field with the Blue Devils sitting two strokes behind the Flames with a two-over par 578 (297-281).

Fourteen players in the 60-man field finished the first 36 holes of play in red figures with Northwestern's Matt Fitzpatrick leading the way with a nine-under par 135 (67-68). Jack Perry, Fitzpatrick's fellow teammate, is in second place with a seven-under par 137 (71-66).

Liberty's top golfer in the field is Chase Marinell, who is tied for fourth place overall with a five-under par 139 (71-68). The senior ranked second in the field with 10 birdies on the day and was five-under par on par-5 holes to record his sixth and seventh rounds of the year at par or better.

Ian McConnell is next on Liberty's roster and he shares 12th place with two other golfers with a one-under par 143 (74-69). During the senior's second round, he made the turn at even par and closed with three back nine birdies to post his third sub-70 round of the year.

Niklas Lindstrom (72-76-148) and Mathieu Fenasse (77-72-149) each posted par rounds on the day to help Liberty's overall team effort.

Lindstrom's even-par round came during the morning flight as he offset three bogeys with three birdies and is tied for 37th place with a four-over par 148.

Fenasse, who is tied for 43rd place with a five-over par 149, was able to card a birdie on his 36th hole of the day to get back to level par for his second round.

Michael Hocker, Liberty's final starting five golfers, is tied for 52nd place with an eight-over par 152 (79-73). The sophomore was able to shave six strokes off his first round scoreboard, closing the day with his third-best, 18-hole total of the year.

Jacob Mast is also competing in the event as an individual and stands in 54th place with a nine-over par 153 (79-74). The senior had a five-shot improvement during the second round thanks to three birdies.

The Flames will return to the Duke University Golf Course tomorrow morning, starting off at the No. 1 tee (par 4, 456 yards) along with golfers from Duke and East Carolina.

The third round of the Rod Myers Invitational will serve as Liberty's closing round of golf for the fall portion of the Flames' 2013-14 team schedule.