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Flames Finish in Ninth Place at Shoal Creek Invitational

September 30, 2014  Birmingham, Ala.  RSS
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Flames Finish in Ninth Place at Shoal Creek Invitational

Tougher playing conditions resulted in little movement on the leaderboard during the final day of the 2014 Shoal Creek Invitational on Tuesday. Liberty finished the UAB-hosted event in ninth place.

Liberty was one of eight teams in the 12-team field to post a double digit over-par score on the Shoal Creek Country Club course (par 72, 7,264 yards).

The Flames started the day in ninth place and were unable to close the margin between themselves and eighth-place finisher UCF. Liberty finished the event with a 38-over par 902 (300-301-301).

North Florida was the only team in the field able to best the Jack Nicklaus designed course on Tuesday, posting a 1-under par 287 on the day to win the team title. The Ospreys claimed the team title with a winning score of 5-under par 859 (288-284-287).

North Florida's Tuesday charge allowed them to finish ahead of Alabama, the day one event leader and last year's NCAA men's golf national champions. The Crimson Tide finished in second place with a 2-under par 862 (281-285-296).

Tournament host UAB finished in third place with an even par score of 864 on its home course (284-290-290). The event was sponsored by Graeme McDowell, a UAB graduate and a member of Europe's winning Ryder Cup team from this past weekend.

North Florida's Joe Petronio played a large part in the Ospreys' success on Tuesday and he individually took medalist honors with an 11-under par 205 (71-68-66).

Alabama's Tom Lovelady finished in second place with a 10-under par 206 (70-66-70). UAB's Lee Hodges (73-72-68) and Alabama's Robby Shelton (67-73-73) finished tied for third place with a 3-under par 213 score.

Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse was one of six players in the 66-man field to post a final round in red figures, allowing the senior to finish tied for fifth place with a 2-under par 214 (72-72-70).

Fenasse birdied two of his four par-3 holes on the day and finished the event overall with nine total birdies to post his first sub-par tournament since claiming individual medalist honors at the 2012 Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Isaiah Logue posted his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, climbing nine spots up the leaderboard to finish tied for 34th place with a 10-over par 226 (75-77-74).

Adam Eineving tied for 46th place with a 14-over par 230 (73-80-77). Harrison Winger finished tied for 58th place with a 20-over par 236 (80-76-80) and Mitchell Klooz tied for 61st place with a 23-over par 239 (83-76-80).

The Flames will play their third and final event of the fall in two weeks when they travel to Durham, N.C., for the Rod Myers Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event will be contested at the Duke Golf Club on Oct. 11-12.