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Golf Finishes in Fifth Place at Big South Championship

April 21, 2015  Ninety-Six, S.C.  RSS
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Senior Mathieu Fenasse finished the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship tied for fifth place with a 5-under par 211.

Senior Mathieu Fenasse finished the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship tied for fifth place with a 5-under par 211.

No. 2 seed Liberty was unable to keep up with the torrent play of No. 6 seed Charleston Southern and slipped to fifth place in the final standings of the 2015 Big South Men's Golf Championship on Tuesday.

The Buccaneers, last year's event runner-up, closed the 54-hole event with a 10-under par 278 to win the event by six strokes with a final 11-under par 853 (286-289-278).

No. 5 seed Campbell was the only other team to post an under-par score during the final round at The Patriot Golf Club (par 72, 7,120 yards). The Camels carded a 5-under par and finished as the event runner-up with a 5-under par 859 (286-290-283).

No. 1 seed Winthrop took third place with a 3-under par 861 (287-286-288), followed by No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina, who finished in fourth place with an even par 864 (281-284-299).

The Flames, playing the event with four freshmen in their lineup, posted a 1-over par 865 (286-283-296), finishing in fifth place. Liberty entered the event looking to defend its title after winning three out of the last four years (2011, 2012 and 2014).

During the post-championship event award ceremony, several Flames were honored for their efforts during the regular season and championship event.

Senior Mathieu Fenasse and freshman Isaiah Logue were both named to the Big South all-conference team. Fenasse was named to the Big South All-Championship squad with his fifth place showing at the championship event.

Logue and Payton Taylor were named to the Big South All-Freshman team, while Logue was named the Big South Freshman of the Year.

Logue becomes the fifth player in program history to be named Big South Freshman of the Year, joining Andrew Turner (2003), Robert Karlsson (2009), Max McKay (2010) and Chase Marinell (2011).

Liberty's final honoree was Fenasse, who was named to the Big South All-Academic team for the first time in his career.

R.J. Keur was named the Big South Championship medalist, as he posted a winning score of 8-under par 208 (70-69-69). He finished one stroke ahead of Winthrop's Zach Seabolt (71-68-70), the Big South Men's Golfer of the Year, and Longwood's Blake Carter (68-70-71).

Liberty's top finisher in the event was Fenasse, who closed out his Big South career by finishing tied for fifth place with a 5-under par 211 (69-70-72). The senior posted the same score to win medalist honors at the conference championship event in 2013.

Fenasse's drive off the opening No. 1 tee (par-4, 392) strayed right and he was unable to get up-and-down for par from the back of the green, opening his day with a bogey.

He remained at 1-over par for the day until the No. 8 hole (par-5, 527 yards) where he nearly got home in two. After putting from the fringe to three feet, he sank the birdie putt to get back to level par for the day.

Fenasse looked like he might drop a shot at the difficult No. 11 hole (par-4, 440 yards) as he was in the greenside bunker. But the senior turned the challenging situation into a birdie, as he holed out to get to 1-under par on the day and within two shots of the overall leader.

However, his approach shot at No. 13 (par-5, 580 yards) drifted off the green left and he was unable to make a four foot par save two holes later.

The wind picked up as the senior faced his approach shot at the challenging No. 16 hole (par-4, 470 yards) and he dropped another shot after he was short on his chip to the green.

The senior tried to keep pace with the leaders down the stretch when he sank a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 17 (par-3, 211 yards). However, he closed with a par on No. 18 (par-5, 554 yards) to finish three shots off the pace.

Logue closed out his award-winning freshman season by finishing tied for seventh place with a 4-under par 212 (71-69-72). The rookie birdied three of the four par-5 holes during the day, but also closed the event with three bogeys to post an even par round on Tuesday.

Taylor made the most of his spring after transferring to Liberty from Wisconsin this winter, joining Logue on the All-Freshman team. He finished the championship event tied for 18th place with a 2-over par 218 (73-72-73).

Following a 3-over start on the first two holes, Taylor closed out the event with four birdies and a bogey for his second top 20 finish of the year.

Liberty's final two freshman competitors in the event were Hutson Chandler and Adam Eineving. Chandler finished in 41st place with a 13-over par 229 (73-77-79), while Eineving took 43rd place with a 16-over par 232 (76-72-84).

The fifth-place finish brings Liberty's 2014-15 team schedule to a conclusion. Fenasse and Logue, who are both currently ranked inside the top 250 individual golfers in the country by Golfstat, could have a chance to make NCAA Regionals as an at-large individual selection.

The two will be looking to become the first Flames since Karlsson and McKay in 2010 to make NCAA Regionals as an individual.

The NCAA will announce the NCAA Regional fields (both team and individuals) on May 4 during its NCAA Men's Golf Selection Show on the Golf Channel at 10 a.m.

Big South Men's Golf Year-End Awards

Big South All-Conference Team
Zach Seabolt, Winthrop
Ben Wheeler, Coastal Carolina
Andrew Dorn, Coastal Carolina
Mathieu Fenasse, Liberty
Isaiah Logue, Liberty

Conner Hayden, Radford
Gaston Bertinotti, Campbell
Ryan Rettberg, Radford
Thomas La Morte, Campbell
Jack Sides, High Point
R.J. Keur, Charleston Southern

Big South All-Freshman Team
Isaiah Logue, Liberty

Thomas La Morte, Campbell
R.J. Keur, Charleston Southern
Payton Taylor, Liberty
Jeremy Nevius, Campbell

Big South All-Championship Team
R.J. Keur, Charleston Southern
Blake Carter, Longwood
Zach Seabolt, Winthrop
Vincent Blanchette, Gardner-Webb
Gaston Bertinotti, Campbell
Mathieu Fenasse, Liberty

Big South All-Academic Team
Mikko Lehtovuori, Jr., Campbell
Ben Wheeler, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Matt Yelverton, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Jack Sides, So., High Point
Mathieu Fenasse, Sr., Liberty
Clayton Forren, So., Longwood
Hayden Ploeger, So., Presbyterian College
Tanner Carbaugh, Sr., Radford
Nick Eberhardt, Jr., Winthrop

Big South Golfer of the Year
Zach Seabolt, So., Winthrop

Big South Freshman of the Year
Isaiah Logue, Liberty

Big South Coach of the Year
Kevin Pendley, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Matt Yelverton, Sr., Gardner-Webb