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Flames in Fifth Place after Day 1 of The Maxwell

April 14, 2017  Edmond, Okla.  RSS
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Kieran Vincent leads the Flames with the freshman finishing the first day of play at The Maxwell tied for seventh place.

Kieran Vincent leads the Flames with the freshman finishing the first day of play at The Maxwell tied for seventh place.

No. 49 Liberty stands in fifth place following the first two rounds of The Maxwell, contested Friday on the East Course of the Oak Tree Golf Club.

Each of the top five teams in the 14-team field posted higher scores the second time around the par-70, 7,102 course during the 36 holes of competition.

The Flames saw a 13-stroke difference between their first and second rounds and enter tomorrow's final round in fifth place with a 23-over par 583 (285-298).

No. 2 Oklahoma State, the top ranked team in the field, sits atop the leaderboard following a 7-over par 567 (280-287). No. 48 New Mexico stands in second place, two shots back with a 9-over par 569 (280-289).

No. 13 Oklahoma, the event's host, is in third place after an 11-over par 571 (283-288) on its home course. No. 3 Baylor stands in fourth place following a 19-over par 579 (285-294).

The tournament is utilizing a unique format where all five golfers from each team play in one grouping. Additionally, five hours of Friday's second round were televised on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports Pacific through Sooner Sports TV.

Only one player in the 80-man field was able to finish Friday's second round in red figures. UCLA's Hidetoshi Yoshihara carded a 4-under par 66 during the afternoon and leads the overall tournament with an aggregate 1-under par 139 (73-66).

Liberty's Kieran Vincent leads the way for the Flames, as the freshman is tied for seventh place with a 2-over par 142 (67-75). The collegiate rookie opened the day with his sixth sub-70 round thanks to seven first-round birdies.

Mickey DeMorat (71-77), Isaiah Logue (72-76) and Payton Taylor (75-73) are three of the seven golfers currently tied for 35th place with an 8-over par 148.

Three of Logue's four birdies on the day came on par-5 holes, which ranks him tied for third in the field in par-5 scoring (4.25 average).

DeMorat finished the day with seven birdies, with five of the seven coming during Friday's morning flight. Taylor leads the Flames during the 54-hole event, having carded 23 pars.

 Gabe Lench followed Taylor and posted an improved score during the second round. The sophomore is tied for 50th place with an 11-over par 151 (77-74), aided by four birdies throughout the first day of competition at the Easter weekend event.

The Flames will play their final round of the regular season tomorrow, teeing off at 9 a.m. (CST) off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 411 yards). Following this event, Liberty will look to defend its conference title at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship, April 21-23, at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C.