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Vincent's Strong Opening Has Flames in Second Place

September 10, 2016  Durham, N.C.  RSS
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Vincent's Strong Opening Has Flames in Second Place

Liberty's Kieran Vincent got his collegiate career off to a strong start, helping the Flames stand in second place after a nearly completed day one at the 2016 Rod Myers Invitational.

The Flames' freshman from Zimbabwe fired back-to-back 5-under par rounds of 67 on The Duke Golf Course (par 72, 7,154 yards) and leads the 82-field man field by three strokes.

As a team, Liberty carded a 6-under par 570 (286-284) to stand in second place following 36 holes of continuous play on Saturday.

The Flames are 12 shots off the torrent pace set by Wake Forest, who currently is at 18-under par. Wake Forest and North Carolina have two players left to play on the 18th hole, but they were called back to the clubhouse due to darkness.

The Flames are two shots ahead of Florida State, who fired a 4-under par 572 (290-282) and four shots in front of North Carolina, who is currently at 2-under par with their last player to complete the course's home hole tomorrow morning.

The remaining 10 teams in the 14-team field enter tomorrow's final round at over par, starting with fifth-place Kansas, who carded a 1-over par 577 (288-289).

Liberty has two of the 13 players who are currently under par, starting with Vincent's 10-under par 134. The collegiate rookie birdied his final five holes of the first round and four of his last six holes during the afternoon flight.

Vincent is three shots ahead of Wake Forest's Will Zalatoris, who is one of the two players left to complete his second round. With one hole to play, Zalatoris stands at 7-under par after leading the first round following a 7-under par 65.

Liberty's Mickey DeMorat is currently tied for fifth place with a 3-under par 141 (71-70). The junior had 10 birdies during his 36 holes of play on Saturday, including three of the last four during his afternoon round.

Isaiah Logue is currently tied for 19th place following a 1-over par 145 (72-73). The junior offset five Saturday birdies with three bogeys during each of his two rounds.

Liberty's final two golfers in the field are Gabe Lench and Hutson Chandler. Lench is tied for 52nd place following an 8-over par 152 (76-76) and Chandler is tied for 57th place with a 9-over par 153 (79-74).

Following the early conclusion of the second round on Sunday, the full 14-team field will return to The Duke Golf Course for final round play. Sunday's final round will get underway at approximately 8 a.m.