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Fenasse Spotlights Liberty's 7th Place Finish

March 10, 2015  Aiken, S.C.  RSS
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Fenasse Spotlights Liberty's 7th Place Finish

Liberty climbed up one spot on the 2015 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate leaderboard on Tuesday to seventh place, while senior Mathieu Fenasse finished the two-day event tied for fourth place following a career outing.

The Flames closed the USC Aiken hosted event by carding the day's fifth-best round in the 18-team field on the Palmetto Golf Club (par 70, 6,617 yards).

Liberty closed with a 1-over par 281, helping the Flames claim seventh place with an overall 5-over par 845 (286-278-281).

The 5-over par 845 marked Liberty's best showing at the event by 17 strokes, which the Flames have participated in each year since 2010 (previous best was a 22-over par 862 in 2011).

No. 8 South Carolina and No. 33 Clemson both carded matching 1-under par rounds of 279 on Tuesday, allowing the Gamecocks to hold onto their overnight lead.

South Carolina posted a 15-under par 825 winning score (270-276-279), finishing one stroke ahead of the Tigers' 14-under 826 (282-265-279).

No. 19 Virginia (276-276-280) and No. 28 Kennesaw State (279-279-274) finished the event tied for fourth place with an 8-under par 832.

GRU Augusta (278-281-282) and Idaho (278-281-282) both finished four strokes ahead of Liberty with a 1-over par 841 to share fifth place.

No. 11 Will Starke of South Carolina carded a 3-under par 67 to close the event and overtake day one leader No. 50 Scott Wolfes of Georgia Southern.

Starke posted a winning score of 9-under par 201 (65-69-67). Wolfes (67-65-70), who played his final round with Fenasse, finished tied for second place with an 8-under par 202 along with No. 84 Cody Proveaux of Clemson (71-63-68).

Fenasse (68-67-69) finished just behind the trio of players, sharing fourth place with Kennesaw State's Teremoana Beaucousin (68-69-67), Furman's Bryce Howell (68-70-66) and Virginia's Danny Walker (70-64-70) with a 6-under par 204.

The tournament marked the first time in Fenasse's collegiate career the senior has carded three rounds below 70.

The senior, who started the day at the tricky hillside par-3, No. 7 hole, opened with seven-straight pars. He knocked his second shot over the green at the par-5, No. 14 hole, but was able to get up and down from the back of the green to get into red figures.

The native of Lias, France hit his approach 35 feet past the hole on the par-4, No. 15 hole, but he curled in the putt the get within two of the overall lead.

Fenasse rebounded from a bogey at No. 17, sticking his approach within two feet at No. 1 to get back to two-under par for the day. However, back-to-back bogeys on the challenging No. 2 and 3 par-4s dropped Fenasse back to level par on the day.

Fenasse got back under par at the par-4, No. 5 hole, which he bogeyed the first two times around the Palmetto Golf Club. He hit a mid-iron approach to seven feet and was able to complete his third under-par score of the event.

On the day, Fenasse managed to hit 11-of-14 fairways, 11-of-18 greens and tallied 28 total putts en route to his 1-under par 69.

Freshman Isaiah Logue carded his second-straight 2-under par 68 to finish the event tied for 11th place with a 4-under par 206 (70-68-68). The rookie offset one bogey on the par-4, No. 13 hole with three birdies to close out the event.

Wisconsin transfer Payton Taylor carded his first sub-par round for the Flames on Tuesday to finish the event tied for 29th place with a 3-over par 213 (72-72-69). He posted birdies on the par-5, No. 10 and par-4 No. 17 holes and gave one back on the par-3, No. 9 hole.

Hutson Chandler and Adam Eineving rounded out Liberty's starting five in the event. Chandler finished tied for 73rd place with a 13-over par 223 (76-72-75), while Eineving finished tied for 85th place with a 20-over par 230 (79-71-80).

The Flames return to action on March 21 and 22 when they travel to Greensboro, Ga., to participate in the Linger Longer Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event is co-hosted by Mercer and Kennesaw State at the Great Waters Golf Club.