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Liberty Finishes in 5th Place at The Hayt

February 26, 2017  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Kieran Vincent led the Flames to a fifth-place finish at The Hayt, individually finishing tied for 14th place.

Kieran Vincent led the Flames to a fifth-place finish at The Hayt, individually finishing tied for 14th place.

No. 33 Liberty finished its swing through the state of Florida with a fifth-place finish on Sunday at The Hayt, a tournament hosted by North Florida.

The Flames finished in fifth place in their third straight event in the "Sunshine State" to open the spring portion of their tournament schedule. Liberty opened the month of February with a third-place showing at the Sea Best Invitational (Feb. 6-7/Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and placed ninth at the SunTrust Gator Invitational (Feb. 18-19/Gainesville, Fla.)

The Flames completed the three-day event carding a 14-over par 878 (289-295-294), its best showing in three appearances at this event in the last four years.

In 2014, Liberty finished in 12th place with a 26-over par 890, while placing ninth, last year, with a 33-over par 897.

The Sawgrass Country Club (par 72, 6,976 yards) course played harder during Sunday's final round (76.13 scoring average) with the 84-man field playing the course nearly one stroke higher than Saturday (75.15 scoring average).

Despite firing its highest score of the event during the final round, No. 36 North Florida held on to claim its fourth title in its home event. The Ospreys posted a three-stroke victory with a winning score of 7-over par 871 (291-286-294).

No. 31 Jacksonville took second place with a 10-over par 874 (295-285-294), while No. 49 UCF (285-299-291) and Campbell (293-292-290) finished tied for third place with an 11-over par 875.

Liberty's Big South foe carded the lowest team score on Sunday, allowing the Camels to leapfrog three teams on the leaderboard during the final round.

Army's Peter Kim birdied the par-5, No. 8 hole (536 yards), his 53rd hole of the event and second to last, to secure a one-shot victory. He claimed individual medalist honors with a 6-under par 210 (72-68-70).

North Florida's Phillip Knowles pushed Kim until the last hole, birdieing his last two to finish with a 5-under par 211 (73-67-71) and claim runner-up honors.

Liberty's Kieran Vincent led the Flames, finishing tied for 14th place with a 3-over par 219 (72-72-75). The freshman ranked second in the field with 14 birdies during the tournament, including five on Sunday, but fell down the final round leaderboard after a quadruple bogey on the par-4, No. 5 hole (431 yards).

Payton Taylor finished tied for 27th place with a 6-over par 222 (72-75-75). The junior ranked 13th in the field in par-3 scoring (3.08 average), aided by a birdie on Sunday on the par-3, No. 15 hole (201 yards).

After opening the event with a 6-over par 78 on Friday, Isaiah Logue was Liberty's most consistent golfer during the final two rounds. The junior finished tied for 32nd place with a 7-over par 223 (78-72-73), leading the Flames during the event with 34 total pars.

Gabe Lench had the low round of the day early on Sunday, following a pair of eagles on the par-5 No. 8 (536 yards) and No. 11 holes (517 yards). The sophomore was 4-under par through 11 holes, but closed with a pair of bogeys and a double to finish the event tied for 40th place with a 9-over par 225 (74-80-71).

Hutson Chandler closed out Liberty's starting five at the event, finishing tied for 44th place with a 10-over par 226 (71-76-79).

The Flames will wrap up a busy stretch of golf when they participate in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, March 6-7. Liberty's fourth tournament in five weeks will be played at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.