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Flames Set for Big South Men's Golf Championship

April 18, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chase Marinell and the Flames will look to capture their third Big South title in the last four years at next week's Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Chase Marinell and the Flames will look to capture their third Big South title in the last four years at next week's Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Top-seeded Liberty will be looking to capture its third conference title in four years next week when the Flames return to The Patriot Golf Club for the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Liberty won the conference crown in 2011 and 2012, marking the program's first and second Big South titles.
Last year, the Flames traded the lead back-and-forth with Coastal Carolina throughout the three-day event. In the end, the Chanticleers finished two strokes ahead of Liberty to claim Coastal Carolina's 14th men's golf title with a winning score of 17-over par 881 (296-289-296).

The Flames finished as event runner-up with a 19-over par 883 (294-294-295), thanks to top 10 finishes by Mathieu Fenasse, Max McKay and Chase Marinell.

Fenasse claimed his first collegiate individual medalist honor, winning by three strokes over Coastal Carolina's Sebastian Soderberg with a five-under par 211 (75-70-66). Fenasse became the fourth-consecutive Flame to capture medalist honors at the championship event, joining Robert Karlsson (2010 and 2012) and Preston Dembowiak (2011).

McKay, in his final year with the program, earned Big South All-Championship honors with a fifth-place finish at five-over par 221 (70-74-77), followed by Marinell's ninth-place showing with a nine-over par 225 (72-75-78).

The Flames will once again look to upperclassmen leadership for their championship title run when they play the par-72, 7,120-yard course, the host of the conference championship nine out of the last 10 years.

Marinell, who ranks No. 2 in the Big South with a 72.76 season stroke average, is the Flames' most experienced golfer on the Davis Love, III designed golf course. The senior has played all three previous years in the conference championship event, having posted a 73.33 career scoring average with three sub-par rounds.

Seniors Ian McConnell and Niklas Lindstrom each have played the last two years at the conference championship event, posting a 74.17 and 74.33 career average on the course.

Lindstrom, who ranks No. 3 in the Big South this season with a 72.87 stroke average, helped his career average at The Patriot with an eight-under par 64 during the second round in 2012.

Fenasse has had the most success of Liberty's current golfers on the course, having played four of his six career rounds at par or better. The reigning individual championship has averaged 72.50 strokes per round in six career rounds of golf in this event. On the year, Fenasse ranks fifth in the Big South with a 73.15 season stroke average.

The Flames will play a practice round of golf on the course on Easter Sunday, following by three days of 18-hole championship play, starting on Monday. No. 1 seed Liberty will be paired with No. 2 seed Radford and No. 3 Winthrop on Monday and Tuesday, heading off the No. 1 tee at 9:20 a.m. on Monday.

Live scoring will be provided via throughout the conference championship event. Additional updates will be available through the Liberty Flames Game Day twitter account (@LUGameDay).

The winner of the 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship will receive the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. The 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regionals will be contested at six different courses throughout the country May 16-18.

2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship
(Latest Golfstat/Golfweek Team Rankings)
Campbell (No. 151/143)
Charleston Southern (No. 109/114)
Coastal Carolina (No. 90/85)
Gardner-Webb (No. 165/158)
High Point (No. 237/214)
Liberty (No. 35/37)
Longwood (No. 199/209)
Presbyterian College (No. 134/133)
Radford (No. 85/112)
Winthrop (No. 88/90)

Course Information:
The Patriot Golf Club (Ninety Six, S.C.)
Par 72, 7,120 yards