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Flames Holds 3rd Place Position at The Hayt

February 25, 2017  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Kieran Vincent leads the Flames, as the freshman is tied for 11th place following the first two rounds of play at The Hayt.

Kieran Vincent leads the Flames, as the freshman is tied for 11th place following the first two rounds of play at The Hayt.

No. 33 Liberty maintained its third-place standing at The Hayt, carding a 7-over par 295 during Saturday's second round.

The Flames (289-295) will enter tomorrow's final round in a three-way tie for third place with No. 49 UCF (285-299) and Tennessee (296-288).

The trio of teams have carded the same 8-over par 584 during their first two times around the Sawgrass Country Club (par 72, 6,976 yards).

Tournament host and No. 36 North Florida used the familiarity of its home course to its advantage to card a 2-under par 286 and move into the clubhouse lead with 18 holes remaining. The Ospreys hold a three-shot lead with an aggregate 1-over par 577 (291-286).

No. 31 Jacksonville made the largest move up the leaderboard on the day, climbing six spots up to second place following a 3-under par 285. The Dolphins have carded an overall 4-over par 580 through 36 holes of play (295-285).

Ten players in the 84-man field hold under-par scores enter tomorrow's final round. The overall lead is shared by four golfers at 4-under par 140: No. 70 David Wicks (Jacksonville, 70-70); No. 94 Phillip Knowles (North Florida, 73-67); Peter Kim (Army, 72-68); Cory Churchman (North Texas, 71-69).

Liberty's top golfer in the field is freshman Kieran Vincent, who has posted consecutive rounds at par and stands tied for 11th place with an even par 144 (72-72). The rookie leads the Flames with nine birdies during the event, including four on Saturday.

Hutson Chandler (71-76) and Payton Taylor (72-75) are two of seven golfers currently tied for 23rd place with a 3-over par 147. The pair of Liberty golfers finished in different fashions on Saturday. Chandler closed with a birdie on the par-5, No. 18 hole (525 yards), while Taylor had a double bogey after posting a birdie on the same hole during yesterday's first round.

Isaiah Logue lowered his score by six shots on Saturday, allowing the junior to move 20 spots up the leaderboard. He is tied for 43rd place with a 6-over par 150 (78-72), aided by three birdies during the second round.

Liberty's final golfer in the field is Gabe Lench, who is tied for 61st place with a 10-over par 154 (74-80). A birdie at the par-4, No. 14 hole (375) go the sophomore back to 2-over on the day, but he dropped six shots during his final four holes of play.

The Flames will be paired with fellow three-place team Tennessee and Big South foe Campbell during Sunday's final round at The Hayt. Liberty's golfers will be sent off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 390 yards), starting at 8:15 a.m.