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Flames Finish Mason Rudolph Championship in 9th Place

April 2, 2017  Franklin, Tenn.  RSS
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Isaiah Logue was Liberty's top finisher at the Mason Rudolph Championship, posting a 2-under par 211 to finished tied for 22nd place.

Isaiah Logue was Liberty's top finisher at the Mason Rudolph Championship, posting a 2-under par 211 to finished tied for 22nd place.

No. 43 Liberty wrapped up competition in the Mason Rudolph Championship with a 6-over par 290 on Sunday, finishing the tournament in ninth place.

The Flames completed the tournament with a 54-hole total of 10-over par 862 (286-286-290) on the Vanderbilt Legends Club – South Course (par 71, 7,100 yards).

No. 6 Florida, last year's runner-up, claimed the team title, saving its best day for last to finish one stroke ahead of Alabama and four ahead of No. 3 Vanderbilt, the event's host.

Florida, Alabama and Vanderbilt finished the final day of competition a combined 36 under par, distancing themselves from the rest of the 14-team field.

The Gators won the team title with a 30-under par 822 (276-275-271), followed by Alabama's 29-under par 823 (278-272-273). Vanderbilt used the familiarity of its home course to card a 26-under par 826 (277-277-272).

No. 21 Duke finished in a distant fourth place with a 12-under par 840 (280-280-280), while No. 49 Middle Tennessee State (282-281-280) and No. 26 Missouri (283-277-283) rounded out the top five teams with a 9-under par 843.

Florida's Sam Horsfield, who is individually ranked No. 47 in the country, claimed medalist honors with a winning score of 11-under par 202 (69-67-66). Alabama's Josh Sedeno finished in second place with a 9-under par 204 (68-68-68), while four players tied for third place with an 8-under par 205.

Isaiah Logue paced the way for the Flames, finishing tied for 22nd place with a 2-under par 211 (71-69-71). The junior's sixth under-par tournament score this season was aided by him posting birdies on four of his last six holes, including the par-5, No. 18 (522 yards) which he nearly reached in two shots.

Kieran Vincent wrapped up the event in a tie for 31st place with a 1-over par 214 (68-73-73). The freshman did reach the home hole in two and had a look at eagle, but finished with a two-putt birdie for his second red-figure score on Sunday.

Gabe Lench finished tied for 35th place with a 3-over par 216 (73-71-72). The sophomore was the third Flame to close the day with a birdie, one of three during his last seven holes.

Mickey DeMorat, who competed in his first tournament of the spring due to an injury, shared 47th place with an 8-over par 221 (74-73-74). The scorecard highlight for the junior on Sunday was posting an eagle on the reachable par-5, No. 14 hole (517 yards).

Liberty's final golfer on the course was Payton Taylor, who finished tied for 64th place with a 14-over par 227 (75-73-79). The junior got back to three-over par on the day thanks to an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-3, No. 11 hole (166 yards).

A nice up-and-down to save par after going long on the par-4, No. 12 hole (467 yards), seemed to help the junior regain his confidence with three par-5 holes ahead of him. However, his tee shot at the par-3, No. 13 hole (184 yards) found the creek running in front of the green and he eventually posted a triple bogey.

Taylor blocked his drive right at No. 14, leading to a bogey and he dropped another shot with a three-putt bogey at the par-4 No. 15 hole (424 yards). He hit his last four greens in regulation, but was unable to make any birdies to lower his tournament score.

The Flames will play their final tune-up event before the Big South Men's Golf Championship (April 21-23) when Liberty participates in Oklahoma's The Maxwell tournament, April 14-15, at the Dornick Hills Golf Club in Ardmore, Okla.