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Flames Take 7th Place at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate

March 7, 2017  Aiken, S.C.  RSS
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Isaiah Logue paced the way for the Flames at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, carding a 1-under par 209.

Isaiah Logue paced the way for the Flames at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, carding a 1-under par 209.

No. 36 Liberty battled tougher playing conditions on Tuesday and climbed two spots up the leaderboard to finish in seventh place at the 2017 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Challenging pin placements and steady winds throughout the day caused elevated scores during the 18-team field's third trip around the Palmetto Golf Club (par 70, 6,617 yards).

Only two teams' scores did not reach a double digit over-par total during the event's final round of play on the fourth oldest golf course in the country.

The course played more than five shots above par on Tuesday (75.46 stroke average), as compared to lower scores on Monday (first round: 73.79; second round: 72.70).

No. 16 Clemson was one of the two teams previously mentioned, posting a 9-over par 289 on Tuesday to claim the team title by one stroke with a 5-under par 835 winning score (269-277-289).

No. 3 Virginia, the day one leader, carded a 13-over par 293 during the final round and finished as the event's runner-up with a 4-under par 836 (273-270-293).

No. 39 South Carolina was the only team to manage the tougher playing conditions on Tuesday, carding a 1-under par 279 to finish in third place with an overall 5-over par 845 (279-287-279).

The Flames, who have participated in this event each of the last eight years, finished with a 31-over par 871 (291-285-295).

Virginia's Derek Bard was able to hold on to the clubhouse lead and claim individual medalist honors with a 6-under par 204 (69-65-70).

Bard's teammate Danny Walker (67-69-71) and Clemson's Doc Redman (65-69-73) finished three shots off the pace with a 3-under par 207.

Liberty's Isaiah Logue was one shot off the overall lead entering the day after carding 10 birdies on Monday. However, the junior was unable to replicate his play from yesterday, offsetting four bogeys with 14 pars to finish tied for seventh place with a 1-under par 209 final score (68-67-74).

Gabe Lench finished the event tied for 36th place with a 10-over par 220 (74-69-77). The sophomore was in a position to finish higher on the scoreboard, but closed the event with three bogeys and a double bogey during his last four holes of the tournament.

Payton Taylor used two final round birdies and an eagle on the par-5, No. 14 hole (550 yards) to move 12 spots up the leaderboard. The junior finished the event tied for 42nd place with an 11-over par 221 (73-75-73).

Kieran Vincent saved his best round of the event for last, posting one of the top 10 scores on Tuesday with a 1-over par 71. The freshman had a 25-spot improvement on the day, finishing tied for 45th place with a 12-over par 222 (76-75-71).

Rounding out Liberty's starting five at the event was Hutson Chandler, who finished tied for 65th place with a 17-over par 227 (76-74-77).

After playing four events over a five-week stretch, the Flames will have some much needed downtime during the next several weeks.

Liberty will return to action when the team participates in the Mason Rudolph Championship, March 31 through April 2. The three-day, 54-hole event is hosted by No. 1 Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.