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Flames Finish Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in 9th Place

April 10, 2016  Columbus, Ohio  RSS
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Flames Finish Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in 9th Place

Liberty tied for the second-best round of the day on Sunday, allowing the Flames to finish tied for ninth place at the 2016 Robert Kepler Intercollegiate.

Weather issues that shortened the event to 36 holes continued to plague play at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlett Course (par 71, 7,455 yards) with the final round not getting underway until around Noon.

With steady gusting winds, only one team in the 16-team field managed to post a score that was not double digits over par with Northwestern's 6-over par 290 leading the day.

The Flames were one of five teams to card a 13-over par 297 on Sunday, the second-best team score on the day. Liberty finished the event overall with a 36-over par 604 (307-297).

No. 31 UNLV also carded a 13-over par 297 on Sunday, allowing the Rebels to claim a five-stroke tournament victory. UNLV posting a winning score of 18-over par 586 (289-297).

No. 37 UAB and No. 49 Michigan State posted identical team scores each round and finished tied for second place with a 23-over par 591 (293-298).

Maryland's Tom Harris (72-72), UNLV's Shintaro Ban (70-74) and Michigan State's Josh Heinze (72-72) finished tied atop the 84-man leaderboard with a 2-over par 144. Ban claimed individual medalist honors on the fourth playoff hole in the waning sunlight of the afternoon.

Liberty's Mickey DeMorat weathered the tough playing conditions to post his fourth top-10 finish of the season. The sophomore finished tied for eighth place with a 4-over par 146 (72-74), leading the Flames on the weekend with five birdies and 23 pars.

Isaiah Logue led the Flames on Sunday and posted one of the best closing rounds with a 2-over par 73, aided by three final-round birdies. Overall, he finished the event tied for 38th place with a 9-over par 151 (78-73).

Hutson Chandler and Payton Taylor also had improved final rounds, allowing the pair to move up the leaderboard. Chandler finished tied for 49th place with an 11-over par 153 (78-75) and Taylor finished tied for 59th place with a 13-over par 155 (80-75).

Adam Eineving rounded out Liberty's golfers in the field, finishing the event tied for 73rd place with an 18-over par 160 (79-81).

The Flames will have the rest of the week to prepare for the 2016 Big South Men's Golf Championships, which returns to The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C., for the ninth consecutive season.

Liberty will be looking for its fourth Big South title in program history, having captured the conference crown in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Play for the three-day, 54-hole event gets underway on Sunday morning.