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Flames Finish Linger Longer Invitational in 8th Place

March 22, 2015  Greensboro, Ga.  RSS
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Mathieu Fenasse finished tied for 12th at the Linger Longer Invitational, his sixth top 20 finish this season.

Mathieu Fenasse finished tied for 12th at the Linger Longer Invitational, his sixth top 20 finish this season.

Liberty closed out this weekend's Linger Longer Invitational with a 3-over par 291, finishing the two-day event in eighth place.

Most teams struggled during the closing stretch of holes, including the Flames who had their team score on the day at 3-under par midway through the round. However, Liberty finished a combined 7-over par for its five golfers during the last five holes of the tournament.

Two teams survived the late tournament conditions, paced by No. 3 Texas. The Longhorns closed out the tournament with a 5-under par 283 to win the 15-team event by six strokes with a 24-under par 840 winning score (273-284-283).

No. 35 Georgia was the only other team in the field to post a score in red figures on Sunday, a 3-under par 285. The Bulldogs finished second to Texas with a 19-under par 845 (280-280-285).

No. 25 Kennesaw State (273-280-294), who shared hosting duties with Mercer, and No. 20 North Carolina (277-282-288) finished the event tied for third with a 17-under par 847.

No. 15 Oklahoma rounded out the top five teams, finishing in fifth place with a 13-under par 851 (283-277-291) on the Great Waters Golf Course (par 72, 7,073 yards).

Liberty finished in eighth place with a 1-over par 865 (284-290-291). The Flames concluded the event between No. 24 Alabama, who was seventh with a 4-under par 860 (284-286-290), and No. 30 Clemson, who took ninth place with a 5-over par 869 (284-290-291).

The top two spots on the individual leaderboard remained unchanged during the final round, allowing No. 10 Lee McCoy of Georgia to claim medalist honors with a winning score of 14-under par 202 (65-70-67).

No. 11 Beau Hossler of Texas took second place with a 12-under par 204 (67-69-68), followed by No. 20 Ben Griffin of North Carolina, who finished in third place with a 10-under par 206 (70-66-70).

Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse closed the event with his fifth sub-70 round in three tournaments, allowing the senior to climb 26 spots on the leaderboard and finished tied for 12th place.

Fenasse had two birdies and an eagle on the par-5, No. 18 hole (540) to finish the event with a 4-under par 212 (70-74-68). He has now posted an under-par score in each of the last two tournaments and three times overall this season.

Isaiah Logue saw his string of four straight under-par rounds come to an end on Sunday. The freshman had four birdies, but he also had three double bogeys and a bogey, finishing the event tied for 25th place with an even par 216 (71-70-75).

Payton Taylor finished the tournament tied for 47th place with a 3-over par 219 (75-68-76), while Hutson Chandler was able to rebound from his tough second round to finished tied for 53rd place.

The redshirt freshman offset three bogeys and a double bogey with five birdies, posting an overall score of 4-over par 220 (70-78-72).

Adam Eineving rounded out Liberty's golfers in the field, finishing tied for 80th place with a 20-over par 236 (73-80-83).

The Flames return to the golf course on Easter Weekend when Liberty travels to Franklin, Tenn., to participate in the Mason Rudolph Championship. The three-day, 54-hole event is hosted by Vanderbilt on April 3-5 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.