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Liberty Tied for 8th Place After First Day at Linger Longer Invitational

March 21, 2015  Greensboro, Ga.  RSS
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Freshman Isaiah Logue led Liberty through two rounds at the Linger Longer Invitational.

Freshman Isaiah Logue led Liberty through two rounds at the Linger Longer Invitational.

The Flames were unable to keep pace with the upper half of the field at the Linger Longer Invitational on Saturday, finishing the first day tied for eighth place.

Liberty was one of nine teams in the 15-team field to post an under-par score during their first time around the Great Waters Golf Course with a 4-under par 284.

However, the Flames were not able to match the effort during their afternoon trip around the par 72, 7,073 yard trek, falling two spots down the leaderboard with a 2-over par 290.

Liberty (284-290) shares eighth place with No. 30 Clemson (285-289), with both teams at 2-under par 574.

Tournament co-host No. 25 Kennesaw State took advantage of the home course edge and ideal playing conditions to post a leading score of 23-under par 553 (273-280).

No. 3 Texas, the top ranked team in the field, stands in second place at 19-under par 557 (273-284), followed by No. 20 North Carolina, who is in third place at 17-under par 559 (277-282). No. 15 Oklahoma (283-277) and No. 35 Georgia (280-280) share fourth place at 16-under par 560.

A total of 39 players finished the day in red figures, led by No. 10 Lee McCoy of Georgia at 9-under par 135 (65-70).

No. 29 Ben Griffin of North Carolina (70-66), No. 11 Beau Hossler of Texas (67-69) and Kennesaw State's Austin Vick (68-68) are tied for second place at 8-under par 136.

Liberty is paced by freshman Isaiah Logue, who is tied for 16th with a 3-under par 141 (71-70). The rookie has now carded four consecutive under-par rounds of golf, thanks to seven birdies on the day.

Payton Taylor is tied for 26th place at 1-under par 143 (75-68). The freshman transfer rebounded from a 3-over par 75 during the morning flight with a 4-under par 68 that saw him record six birdies and two bogeys. It marked his second sub-70 round in two tournaments.

Mathieu Fenasse was in position to give Liberty three players in red figures following two rounds at the Linger Longer Invitational. He opened with a 2-under par 70, but three bogeys and a double bogey during his second round put him in 38th place with an even par 144 (70-74).

Liberty's Hutson Chandler and Adam Eineving followed Fenasse as they struggled during the second round, as well.

Chandler opened with a 2-under par 70, his second under-par score this year, but followed with a 6-over par 78 to finish tied for 67th place with a 4-over par 148.

Eineving carded a 1-over par 73 to open the event, but had four double bogeys during his afternoon round. He is currently tied for 77th place with a 9-over par 153 (73-80).

Liberty will be paired with golfers from Georgia State, UNCG and Purdue for tomorrow's final round. The foursomes will be sent off holes No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 in a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. due to forecasted inclement weather.