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Flames Take 2nd Place at Big South Men's Golf Championship

April 22, 2017  Ninety Six, S.C.  RSS
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Kieran Vincent was named to the All-Freshman Team and spotlighted the five-member squad by claiming Big South Freshman of the Year honors. Vincent is the sixth player in program history to receive the honor, joining fellow teammate Logue who was the leagues top rookie in 2015.

Kieran Vincent was named to the All-Freshman Team and spotlighted the five-member squad by claiming Big South Freshman of the Year honors. Vincent is the sixth player in program history to receive the honor, joining fellow teammate Logue who was the leagues top rookie in 2015.

No. 1 seed Liberty finished with the best final round, but it was not enough to close the gap over No. 2 seed Campbell, as the Flames took home runner-up honors at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship on Saturday.

Round two and three were contested during a lengthy day at The Patriot Golf Club (par 72, 7,120 yards) due to the threat of rain and thunderstorms in Sunday's forecast.

Liberty finished the event with a 19-under par 845 (276-285-284), one shot behind its program best 20-under par during a championship run in 2012.

Liberty has now finished inside the top three teams at the Big South Men's Golf Championship eight of the last nine years, winning titles in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The Flames, who entered the championship ranked No. 48 in the country, will now have to await their NCAA Regional fate when the 81-team 2017 NCAA Regional field is announced on May 4 (Golf Channel – Noon).

Liberty will be looking for its fourth NCAA Regional at-large selection to the field and first since the 2013 season (2003, 2006 and 2013).

Campbell set a new conference record, finishing the 54-hole event with a 26-under par 838 (273-277-288) to claim the Camel's fifth title in program history and the first since 1994.

Following the championship, several Flames received postseason honors, starting with four of the Flames' five starters earning All-Big South honors – Mickey DeMorat (Jr.), Isaiah Logue (Jr.), Kieran Vincent (Fr.) and Gabe Lench (So.).

Vincent was named to the All-Freshman Team and spotlighted the five-member squad by claiming Big South Freshman of the Year honors. Vincent is the sixth player in program history to receive the honor, joining fellow teammate Logue who was the league's top rookie in 2015.

DeMorat was honored for his efforts in the classroom as he was named to the Big South All-Academic Team. Finally, DeMorat and Vincent were two of the five players named to the Big South All-Championship team, thanks to their top-five finishes at the tournament.

Campbell's Jesper Svensson took home Big South Player of the Year honors and was the tournament's individual medalist. The sophomore won the event by six strokes, setting a new tournament record with a 14-under par 202 (67-66-69). His winning score bested Coastal Carolina alum and current World No. 1 ranked golfer Dustin Johnson's previous 54-hole record of 12-under par 204 set in 2007.

Vincent took home individual runner-up honors, posting an 8-under par 208 (72-71-65). The score marked the second-lowest, 54-hole total in the conference championship event by a Liberty golfer.

The rookie posted a bogey on the challenging par-4, No. 16 hole (470 yards), his 13th hole of the final round. He then closed by birdying the last five holes of the tournament, matching his lowest 18-hole of the season and the fourth-best, 18-hole total in program history.

DeMorat finished in a tie for fourth place with a 6-under par 210 (68-71-71), matching his lowest 54-hole total of the season.

The junior, who played alongside Campbell's Svensson for 36 holes on Saturday, went bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie during holes No. 4 through No. 7 to make the turn at level par. DeMorat got back to even for the final round by sticking an iron shot to within two feet of the flagstick on the par-3, No. 7 hole (148 yards).

He opened the back nine with a nice approach to within nine feet of the hole at the par-4, No. 10 hole (415 yards) and drained the birdie putt. However, he quickly gave it back when he found the right greenside bunker at the par-4, No. 11 hole (440 yards) where he was unable to get up and down for par.

The lengthy junior cut the corner on the 90-degree dogleg par-4, No. 12 hole (368 yards). He then stuck a wedge to eight feet of the pin and was able to get back into red figures for the final round with a birdie.

However, he closed with six-straight pars to keep him at 1-under par for the round and wrap up his fourth-straight, under-par round at the championship event.

Lench finished tied for seventh place with a 2-under par 214 (69-73-72). During Saturday's 36 holes of play, the sophomore carded seven birdies to help him post his fifth top-10 finished of the 2016-17 season.

Payton Taylor finished the event in solo 10th place, carding a 1-under par 215 (69-70-76). The junior carded eight birdies during the two-day event, helping him post the first 54-hole under-par total of his three-year career with the Flames.

Logue was Liberty's final golfer in the field, finishing tied for 23rd place with a 5-over par 221 (70-75-76). During Logue's second round, the junior reached the par-5, No. 18 hole (554 yards) in two and nearly holed out from the fairway. He two-putted for a birdie to get back to level par, but closed with bogeys on holes No. 1 through 3, the final three holes of his middle round, to post a three-over par 75 second round.

2017 Big South Conference Men's Golf Award Winners

All-Conference Team
Jesper Svensson, So., Campbell
Mickey DeMorat, Jr., Liberty
Isaiah Logue, Jr., Liberty
Kieran Vincent, Fr., Liberty

Myles Creighton, Jr., Radford
Gabe Lench, So., Liberty
Vincent Blanchette, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Aaron Thomas, Jr., Gardner-Webb
Ray Kraivixien, So., Campbell
Chris Jones, R-Sr., Gardner-Webb

All-Freshman Team
Kieran Vincent, Fr., Liberty

Brett McLamb, Fr., Campbell
Brendan MacDougall, Fr., High Point
Max Theodorakis, Fr., Campbell
Steffen Smith, Fr. Gardner-Webb

All-Academic Team
Ray Kraivixien, So., Campbell
Jake Ezell, Jr., Charleston Southern
Vincent Blanchette, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Emile Menard, Jr., High Point
Mickey DeMorat, Jr., Liberty
Jordan Boulton, So., Longwood
Hayden Ploeger, Sr., Presbyterian College
Myles Creighton, Jr., Radford
Bradley Kauffman, Sr., Winthrop

Golfer of the Year
Jesper Svensson, So., Campbell

Freshman of the Year
Kieran Vincent, Fr., Liberty

Coach of the Year
John Crooks, Campbell

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Myles Creighton, Jr., Radford

All-Championship Team
Jesper Svensson, Campbell
Kieran Vincent, Liberty
Thomas LaMorte, Campbell
Myles Creighton, Radford
Mickey DeMorat, Liberty