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Flames Take 9th Place at SunTrust Gator Invitational

February 19, 2017  Gainesville, Fla.  RSS
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Kieran Vincent had Liberty's best closing round on Sunday, finishing the SunTrust Gator Invitational with an even par 70.

Kieran Vincent had Liberty's best closing round on Sunday, finishing the SunTrust Gator Invitational with an even par 70.

Little movement took place during the final round of the 2017 SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday where No. 31 Liberty finished in ninth place.

The top 11 teams in the field shot similar scores during their third trip around the Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards). The 11 teams carded overall scores within eight shots of each other, limiting the ability for teams to make a move up the final leaderboard.

Liberty closed out the event in ninth place with a 28-over par 868 (288-295-285), posting its best round of the event during the final day of competition.

No. 29 Arkansas topped the star-studded field, which included nine teams currently ranked inside the latest top 50 Golfstat national rankings. The Razorbacks won by seven strokes with a winning score of 5-over par 845 (288-278-279).

No. 35 Missouri (292-279-281) and No. 39 Jacksonville (289-287-276) shared second place with a 12-over par 852. The Dolphins made the most of their closing round of 4-under par 276, moving two spots up the team leaderboard.

No. 2 and tournament host Florida took fourth place with a 13-over par 853 (289-284-280), while No. 30 Florida State rounded out the top five teams in the field with a 20-over par 860 (288-290-282).

Arkansas' Charles Kim was able to fend off a closing charge from Missouri's Rory Franssen to claim individual medalist honors. Kim posted a 6-under par 204 winning score (68-66-70) to finish one shot ahead of Franssen's 5-under par 205 (69-68-68).

Gabe Lench paced the Flames overall in the event, finishing tied for 26th place with a 7-over par 217 (73-72-72). The sophomore native of Lake Mary, Fla., tied for team-high birdie honors with nine during the event, including four on Sunday.

Freshman Kieran Vincent posted the Flames' low round of the day on Sunday, an even par 70, to finish tied for 33rd place with an 8-over par 218 (71-77-70). The rookie led the Flames at the Florida-hosted event with 37 pars.

Hutson Chandler finished tied for 48th place, two shots behind Vincent with a 10-over par 220 (70-78-72). The junior was one of three Flames to finish in the top 15 in the field in par-5 scoring, completing the event averaging 4.67 strokes on the par-5 holes.

Isaiah Logue continued to show improvement after a tough first round. The junior carded his best round of the tournament on Sunday to finish tied for 53rd place with an 11-over par 221 (78-72-71).

Payton Taylor completed Liberty's starting five in the field, as the junior finished the event tied for 66th place with a 15-over par 225 (74-74-77).

The Flames will make their third and final trip to the "Sunshine State" this spring when Liberty plays at The Hayt, starting on Friday. The three-day, 54-hole event will be hosted by North Florida at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.