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Liberty Remains in 8th Place at Mason Rudolph Championship

April 1, 2017  Franklin, Tenn.  RSS
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Isaiah Logue led the way for Liberty on Saturday, firing a 2-under par 69 during the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship.

Isaiah Logue led the way for Liberty on Saturday, firing a 2-under par 69 during the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship.

No. 43 Liberty matched its opening-round score on Saturday and remains in eighth place heading into the final round of the 2017 Mason Rudolph Championship.

During their second trip around the Vanderbilt Legends Club – South Course (par 71, 7,100 yards), the Flames carded a 2-over par 286. Liberty enters the event's final day of competition with an aggregate score of 4-over par 572 (286-286).

Alabama was one of six teams in the 14-team field to shoot in red figures during Saturday's second round. The Crimson Tide fired a blistering 12-under par 272, benefitting from warmer playing conditions during the later tee times.

Entering tomorrow's final round, Alabama will hold a one-shot lead with an overall 18-under par 550 (278-272).

No. 6 Florida (276-275) is in second place with a 17-under par 561. No. 3 Vanderbilt, the host of the event, is in third place with a 14-under par 554 (277-277). No. 21 Duke (280-280) and No. 26 Missouri (283-277) round out the top five teams in the field with an 8-under par 560.

Three players share the individual lead heading into tomorrow's final round. The Florida duo of Sam Horsfield (69-67) and Andy Zhand (69-67) and Alabama's Josh Sedeno (68-68) lead the 78-man field with a 6-under par 136.

The Flames' big mover during the middle day of the three-day event was Isaiah Logue. The junior posted his seventh sub-70 round of the season with a second round 69 and is tied for 18th place with a 2-under par 140 overall score (71-69).

Logue offset three bogeys with five birdies, posting back-to-back birdies on the par-3, No. 16 (201 yards) and par-5, No. 17 (576 yards) holes to close out his round.

Kieran Vincent entered the middle round of the event tied for third place, but the freshman dropped to a share of 24th place with an overall 1-under par 141 (68-73) after Saturday's play.

Vincent got his day off to a solid start, sticking a short iron to six feet over the pin at No. 1 (par 4, 414 yards) and dropping the birdie putt.

The rookie found the greenside bunker at No. 3 (par 3, 196) and was unable to get up and down to save par, resulting in his first of four bogeys on the day. He dropped another shot when he missed his first fairway of the day at No. 8 (par 4, 427 yards) and found a fairway bunker.

A misplayed chip at No. 10 (par 4, 465 yards) and a putt from off the green at No. 11 (par 3, 166 yards) that got away from him cost Vincent two more shots.

A nice approach at the par-4, No. 15 hole (424 yards) gave Vincent an eight-foot birdie putt which he made to get one shot back. The freshman had birdie putts of less than 10 feet on No. 16 and No. 17, but was unable to convert. He finished the day hitting 10-of-13 fairways, 11-of-18 greens in regulation and had 31 total putts.

Gabe Lench shaved two shots off his Day 1 score, carding his 15th round at par or better this season with an even par 71. The sophomore is tied for 37th place with a 2-over par 144 (73-71) after carding a pair of birdies on the day.

Mickey DeMorat (74-73) and Payton Taylor (75-73) shot mirroring scores of 2-over par 73 on Saturday. DeMorat, who birdied the par-5 No. 17 hole, is tied for 49th place with an overall 5-over par 147 (74-73).

Taylor birdied three of his first seven holes on the day and was at 2-under par after a birdie on the par-4, No. 7 hole (458 yards). However, the junior closed with four bogeys during his final 11 holes of play and shares 52nd place with a 6-over par 148 (75-73).

The Flames will be amongst the first teams off the No. 1 tee on Sunday when they begin their final round at 8 a.m. (CST). During tomorrow's 18 holes of play, Liberty will be paired with golfers from seventh place Iowa and ninth place Troy.