Liberty's Hutson Chandler is 2-under par through nine holes of play during the first round of the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship.
Golfstat.com Scores (Unofficial Results)
Multiple weather delays on Sunday caused players to be unable to finish the first round of the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship from The Patriot Golf Club.
Sustained overnight rain in the area caused the Big South to change the first round format to a shotgun start, beginning at 1 p.m. With teams playing in twosomes, players were able to quickly get around the par-72, 7,120-yard course.
However, lightning strikes in the area forced tournament officials to sound the horn at 3:32 p.m. and begin moving players back to the clubhouse. Shortly thereafter, a heavier rain and thunder cell moved into the region and the decision was made to suspend play.
The 10-team field will return to the course tomorrow morning to resume play at 10 a.m., with most teams needing to complete between seven and eight holes of play. A decision regarding the start and tee time format of the second round will be made tomorrow.
Unofficial results have No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina leading the team with a 6-under par score, followed by No. 3 Radford in second place with a 4-under par total. (Note: Scorecards will officially be verified following the conclusion of the first round).
No. 1 seed Winthrop and No. 5 seed Campbell are tied for third place with a 3-under par. No. 2 seed Liberty and No. 10 seed Longwood are tied for fifth place at 2-under par. (Note: Liberty's team score has been adjusted from the scores posted on Golfstat.com).
Longwood's Alex O'Dell and defending Big South medalist Ben Wheeler of Coastal Carolina are tied for first place with a 3-under par score.
Nine players are currently tied for third place at 2-under par, including Liberty's Hutson Chandler. The freshman, who started play on the difficult No. 3 hole, posted birdies at the par-4 No. 6 and No. 10 holes to reach 2-under par through nine holes of play.
Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse is tied for 12th place with a 1-under par. The senior was able to overcome a bogey on No. 3 with birdies at the par-3, No. 4 and par-5, No. 8 holes to get into red figures.
Liberty's Isaiah Logue is tied for 20th place as the freshman is even through 10 holes of play. (Note: Logue's score has been adjusted from the results on Golfstat.com).
The freshman had birdie chances on the first three holes of play, but several of his putts came up short as he adjusted to the speed of the wet greens.
Following a flop shot up-and-down par at No. 4, Logue used his length off the tee to get home in two on the uphill par-5, No. 5 hole (560 yards). His eagle putt missed inches right, but he made the tap-in birdie to get into red figures.
The under-par score was short lived, however. Logue's drive at the shorter par-4 No. 6 hole (363 yards) missed right, but a good bounce off the cart path got him nearly to the green. His chip up nicked a tree branch where he was left with a putt from the upper tier, and he three putted for bogey to fall back a stroke.
Logue had a chance to get the stroke back at the par-5 No. 8 hole (527 yards), as his approach came within yards of making the green in two. However, this chip up went past the hole by six feet and he missed the birdie try.
After nearly driving the ball in the hazard off the tee at the par-4 No. 9 hole (441 yards), Logue was able to salvage a par. He had one last look at birdie at the par-4, No. 10 hole (415 yards), but his 17-foot birdie try missed right.
The horn sounded with Logue standing on the tee box at the par-4, No. 11 hole (440 yards). The freshman will return to the same location to resume his round tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Liberty's final two golfers in the field are Adam Eineving and Payton Taylor who are both 1-over par. Eineving, who had completed nine holes, offset three bogeys with two birdies, while Taylor has completed eight holes and had two bogeys on the par-3 holes and a birdie at No. 5.
Golfstat.com will continue to provide live hole-by-hole scoring for the tournament when it resumes tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. @LUGameDay (Liberty's official Game Day Twitter account) will finish out Round 1 with Logue and continue to follow the Flames during the second round of play in the afternoon.
Liberty, who has won this event three out of the last four years, is looking to defend its Big South title following a five-shot victory at this championship event in 2014.