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Flames in Eighth Place at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate

March 9, 2015  Aiken, S.C.  RSS
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Mathieu Fenasse is tied for seventh place following first day action at the 2015 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Mathieu Fenasse is tied for seventh place following first day action at the 2015 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Liberty found the second time around the Palmetto Golf Club on Monday much more to its liking, allowing the Flames to climb into eighth place following the first day of action at the 2015 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

The Flames had an eight-stroke improvement over their first-round effort, allowing Liberty (286-278) to share eighth place with No. 43 Georgia Southern (285-279). Both teams finished the first 36 holes of action on the par 70, 6,617-yard trek with a 4-over par 564.

Liberty was one of seven teams in the 18-team field to post a team score in red figures (2-under par 278) during the afternoon flight. The 18-hole total marked Liberty's lowest team score at this event, which the Flames have played consecutively since 2010.

No. 8 South Carolina fended off a second-round charge by No. 33 Clemson to keep hold of the day one clubhouse lead. The Gamecocks lead the field with a 14-under par 546 (270-276), followed by the Tigers, who are one stroke behind with a 13-under par 547 (282-2865).

No. 19 Virginia is in third place with an 8-under par 552 (276-276), followed by No. 28 Kennesaw State's 2-under par 558 (279-279).

Five strokes separate Liberty from the top five teams in the field, as GRU Augusta (278-281) and Idaho (278-281) share fifth place with a 1-under par 559.

A total of 22 players are individually under par, led by Georgia Southern's Scott Wolfes. The No. 50 ranked golfer in the country holds a one-shot lead with an 8-under par 132 (67-65).

Aaron Cockerill of Idaho follows one shot behind with a 7-under par 133 (66-67), with four players sharing third place with a 6-under par 134.

Liberty's top golfer in the field is Mathieu Fenasse, who is tied for seventh place with a five-under par 135 (68-67). His second round 3-under par 67 marked his second lowest 18-hole total as a collegiate golfer.

The senior quickly got into red figures during his second round after spinning his approach back to six feet on the par-4, 338-yard No. 15 hole which he made for a birdie.

Another pair of great iron shots got Fenasse to 3-under for his afternoon round at No. 1 and No. 4, including a tap-in birdie at No. 4 after hitting the pin.

Fenasse dropped a shot at the lengthy par-4 No. 5 (458 yards) after he found the bunker left off the tee and struck the lip on his attempt to escape the hazard.

Fairway bunkers would plague the rest of his round, as Fenasse found one off the tee four time during a six-hole stretch. At the par-4, No. 8 hole, the senior cleanly struck a bunker shot that left him pin high and he was able to card his fourth and final birdie of the day from 18 feet out.

Liberty's second golfer under par is Isaiah Logue, who is tied for 15th place with a 2-under par 138 (70-68).

The freshman joined the under-par portion of the leaderboard early during the morning flight, taking advantage of his length to have a short chip up to four feet on the par-5, No. 14 hole (550 yards) which he made for birdie.

After birdies at No. 17 and No. 1, his fifth and seventh holes of the day, Logue was at 3-under par. However, the freshman had an errant tee shot at the membership's top handicapped hole (par-4, No. 4) to drop two shots with a double bogey.

Logue erased a bogey at No. 5 (par-4, 388 yards) with a birdie at the par-5, No. 10 hole (518); however, he gave the shot back two holes later on the closing hole of his morning round. Logue's even par 70 to open the day marked the fourth round at par or better of his young collegiate career.

Payton Taylor is Liberty's next golfer in the 90-man field, as he is tied for 46th place with a 4-over par 144 (72-72).

Liberty's Hutson Chandler and Adam Eineving shaved a combined 12 strokes off their first-round totals to help the Flames climb up the leaderboard during the afternoon.

Chandler is tied for 69th place with an 8-over par 148 (76-72), thanks to the second best 18-hole total of the redshirt freshman's career at Liberty during the afternoon.

Eineving stands in 77th place with a 10-over par 150 (79-71). The freshman offset four bogeys during the afternoon with three birdies to tie his best round of college golf.

Due to forecasted inclement weather, tournament officials have elected to use a shotgun start for the final 18 holes of play on Tuesday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Liberty will be paired with golfers from Georgia Southern and Furman, starting play on holes No. 7, 8 and 9.

Live stats will be provided by Golfstat.com, while @LUGameDay will be on the course following Fenasse's final round. The senior will be paired with clubhouse leader Wolfes (8-under par) of Georgia Southern and Furman's Wehman (5-under par) and will open at the tricky par-3, 180-yard No. 7 hole.