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Flames Move Into Second Place at Big South Championship

April 20, 2015  Ninety-Six, S.C.  RSS
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Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse is one shot off the lead heading into the final round of the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday.

Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse is one shot off the lead heading into the final round of the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday.

No. 2 seed Liberty carded the best round of the afternoon, moving the Flames into position to defend their title at the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Liberty is in second place with a 7-under par 569 (286-283) through two rounds. As the winds picked up during the afternoon, the Flames were to move up the leaderboard with strong play that allowed them to get within four shots of leader and No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina's 11-under par 565 (281-284).

No. 7 seed Gardner-Webb is in third place with a 3-under par 572 (283-289), followed by No. 1 seed Winthrop at 3-under par 573 (287-286).

Play resumed for Round 1 at 10 a.m., following yesterday's inclement weather suspension, and teams finished up their remaining holes in approximately two hours.

The Flames found themselves tied for fourth place at 2-under par (286) after the conclusion of Round 1, five shots behind Coastal Carolina's 7-under par 281.

The Big South elected to use the same format during the second round, sending players out in twosomes and a shotgun start to keep up the place of play. The format decision was made to try to finish before any afternoon storms could halt play again.

The Patriot Golf Club (par 72, 7,120 yards) never saw any rain during the afternoon, but blustery winds made most of the team scores climb higher, outside of Liberty. The Flames maintained their strong play, moving them within striking distance of the Chanticleers.

Longwood's Blake Carter posted his second under-par score and leads the 50-man field with a 6-under par 138 (68-70) heading into tomorrow's final round.

A group of six players are just one shot behind Carter at 5-under par 139, including Liberty's Mathieu Fenasse (69-70).

The senior posted his second lowest career score at the championship during the morning, a 3-under par 69, thanks to four birdies.

During the afternoon flight, he took the overall individual lead with a birdie at the par-5, No. 13 hole (580 yards) as it pushed him to 6-under par. However, Fenasse gave one stroke back at the challenging par-4, No. 16 hole (470 yards) to drop back into a tie for second place.

Fenasse will be looking for his second Big South medalist honor when he tees it up one last time at the conference championship event, tomorrow. The senior won the event with a 5-under par 211 (75-70-66) in 2013, coming from behind with a 6-under par 66 during the final round.

Isaiah Logue posted Liberty's low round during the afternoon, a three-under par 69, and is tied for eighth place at 4-under par 140 (71-69).

The freshman posted seven pars in a row when he resumed his Round 1 at the par-4, No. 11 hole in the morning. A booming drive on the par-5, No. 18 hole (554 yards) put him in position to get into red figures to close out the earlier flight.

During the afternoon, the rookie posted a clean card, one that included birdies at No. 7 (par-3, 148 yards), No. 13 and No. 16 to move six spots up the leaderboard.

Payton Taylor is tied for 20th place with a 1-over par 145 (73-72). The Wisconsin transfer was at 3-over par following his first three holes of play of the afternoon flight, but he was able to close the round with four birdies and bogey to get his second round score back to level par.

Adam Eineving is tied for 29th place at 4-over par 148 (76-72), but gave Liberty its fourth counting score of the afternoon with his fourth-best round of the spring season. He was able to overcome a double bogey early in the round, closing with birdies at No. 1 (par-4, 392 yards) and the tricky No. 3 (par-4, 373 yards) to get back to even for the round.

Liberty's final golfer in the field is Hutson Chandler, who is tied for 36th place with a 6-over par 150 (73-77).

After opening the second round with a bogey at No. 3, the redshirt freshman nearly drove the green at No. 6 (par-4, 363 yards) and was able to get back to even. However, he bogeyed the next three holes to fall three back on the round.

Following two more bogeys at No. 12 (par-4, 368 yards) and No. 13, Chandler ran in a 15-foot putt for birdie at No. 14 (par-4, 443 yards).

After nearly holing out at the difficult par-4, No. 16 hole (470 yards), Chandler seemed to be back on track. Play slowed down due to a ruling in the group in front of him and after a lengthy wait on the tee box at No. 18, he struck a tree on his drive that kicked out of bounds. Chandler would eventually post a double bogey to end his attempted comeback.

The Flames will be paired with golfers from Round 2 leader Coastal Carolina (11-under par) and Gardner-Webb (4-under par), going off the first tee from 9:20 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Fenasse will be in the final group and will be paired with two other golfers currently tied for second place alongside him at 5-under par (Coastal Carolina's Andrew Dorn and Gardner-Webb's Vincent Blanchette).

Liberty will be looking to defend its 2014 Big South Men's Golf Championship and capture its fourth conference title in the last five seasons when it returns to The Patriot Golf Club tomorrow (2011, 2012 and 2014).