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Liberty in Ninth Place after First Day of Shoal Creek Invitational

September 29, 2014  Birmingham, Ala.  RSS
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Mathieu Fenasse is in 14th place following the first two rounds of the Shoal Creek Invitational.

Mathieu Fenasse is in 14th place following the first two rounds of the Shoal Creek Invitational.

The Flames stand in ninth place after the conclusion of the first two rounds of the 2014 Shoal Creek Invitational, contested Monday at the Shoal Creek Country Club.

The Flames showed marked improvement over their first tournament of the 2014-15 season, averaging 12 strokes better per round than their play at last week's Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio.

Liberty finished play at the par-72, 7,264-yard course with an aggregate 25-over par 601 (300-301) and is in ninth place out of 12 teams.

Alabama, last year's NCAA men's golf national champion, currently leads the field by six strokes after carding a 10-under par 566 (281-285).

North Florida is in second place with a 4-under par 572 (288-284), followed by tournament host UAB, who is in third place with a 2-under par 574 (284-290).

The event is sponsored by Graeme McDowell, a UAB graduate and a member of Europe's winning Ryder Cup team from this past weekend.

A total of 13 players are currently under par, led by Alabama's Tom Lovelady. He stands atop the 66-man leaderboard with an 8-under par 136 (70-66), thanks to consecutive under-par rounds of golf on Monday.

Memphis' Cory Gaylord (69-70) and North Florida's Joey Petronio (71-68) share second place heading into tomorrow's final round with a 5-under par 139.

Liberty's top golfer in the field is Mathieu Fenasse, who carded back-to-back even par rounds of golf and is in 14th place overall.

The senior offset five bogeys, including a combined four on his opening four holes of both rounds, with five birdies to give him 31 career rounds of golf at par or better.

Liberty's next golfer in the field is Isaiah Logue, who is tied for 43rd place with an 8-over par 152 (75-77). The freshman found some success on the par-5 holes, playing them at 1-under par, including birdies both times he played the 520-yard, No. 2 hole.

Adam Eineving trails his fellow freshman by one shot and is tied for 47th place with a 9-over par 153 (73-80). Eineving opened the morning round with a birdie on his first hole, the par-5, No. 17, and posted a 1-over par 73 during his first time around the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

Junior Harrison Winger and freshman Mitchell Klooz carded their first two rounds of the 2014-15 season.
Winger shaved four shots off his morning round to move up to a share of 52nd place with a 12-over par 156 (80-76).

Klooz, who is competing in his first collegiate event this week, also learned from his morning round and was seven-shots better during the afternoon. He will enter the final round tied for 61st place at 15-over par 159 (83-76).

Liberty will be paired with golfers from Southeastern Louisiana and Georgia Southern for the final 18 holes of the Shoal Creek Invitational. The three programs will be the last off of tee No. 10, tomorrow morning, starting at 8:24 a.m.