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Flames in 3rd Place Following Day 1 at Sea Best Invitational

February 1, 2016  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Hutson Chandler and the Flames are currently in third place entering the final round of the Sea Best Invitational.

Hutson Chandler and the Flames are currently in third place entering the final round of the Sea Best Invitational.

The Flames were one of the few teams in the 15-team field at the 2016 Sea Best Invitational to put together a pair of solid rounds on Monday. Following the first day's action, Liberty is currently in third place.

The Flames, playing in their first tournament of the spring, circled the TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course (par 70, 6,873 yards) twice, posting a 9-over par 569 (281-288).

No. 19 Florida was the only team in the field who tamed the sister course to the famed TPC Sawgrass – THE STADIUM Course during the first day of the two-day event.

The Gators finished the first 36 holes of competition with a 17-under par 543 (265-278) and are 19 shots clear of their nearest competitor.

No. 21 North Carolina stands in a distant second place with a 2-over par 562 (283-279), leaving the Tar Heels seven shots ahead of the Flames.

No. 45 North Florida is in fourth place with a 14-over par 574 (281-293), followed closely behind by No. 42 Texas A&M, who is in fifth place with a 15-over par 575 (282-293).

Rounding out the top 50 teams in the Jacksonville-hosted event are No. 35 Arkansas, who is tied for sixth (17-over par 577/287-290), ninth-place No. 47 Tennessee (21-over par 581/286-295) and 12th-place No. 34 Charleston Southern (30-over par 590/294-296).

North Carolina's Joshua Martin leads the 84-man field with an 8-under par 132 (64-68). Florida has the next three golfers on the leaderboard in No. 32 Sam Horsfield (7-under par 133/65-68), No. 67 Alejandro Tosti (7-under par 133/64-69) and No. 96 Jorge Garcia (2-under par 138/66-72). Three more golfers stand at 1-under par 139, rounding out the seven golfers who will enter tomorrow's final round in red figures.

Liberty's top golfer in the field is Gabe Lench, who is tied for eighth place with an even par 140 (68-72). The freshman opened the event with the third sub-par round of his playing career, a 2-under par 68, offsetting three birdies with a bogey.

Isaiah Logue trails his teammate by one stroke and is currently tied for 11th place with a 1-over par 141 (72-69). The sophomore's second time around the course was better, carding three birdies and two bogeys to record his eighth round at par or better this season.

Mickey DeMorat (70-78) and Hutson Chandler (71-77) are currently tied for 40th place with an 8-over par 148, while Payton Taylor is tied for 49th place with a 9-over par 149 (79-70).

DeMorat and Chandler both helped the Flames during the morning flight, finishing the rounds a combined 1-over par. Taylor assisted with Liberty maintaining its third-place team standing with an even par 70 during the afternoon flight thanks in part to three birdies.

Liberty's Adam Eineving is also competing in the tournament as an individual. The sophomore is currently tied for 78th place with a 17-over par 157 (82-75).

The Flames will be part of the lead pairings during tomorrow's final round of the 2016 Sea Best Invitational. Liberty will be sent off the No. 1 tee along with clubhouse leader Florida and second-place North Carolina starting at 9:30 a.m.