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Chang's Strong Play Has Flames in 3rd Place at Sea Best Invite

February 5, 2018  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Chang's Strong Play Has Flames in 3rd Place at Sea Best Invite

Liberty sophomore Ervin Chang is tied for the clubhouse lead following the first two rounds of the Sea Best Invitational. His strong play helped Liberty to a third-place standing following 36 holes of play on Monday.

The sophomore carded consecutive 3-under par rounds of 67 to post a combined 6-under par 134 (67-67) following his first two times around the TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course (par 70, 6,858 yards). He finished the day with eight birdies and posted a pair of eagles during the afternoon flight.

Chang shares the lead with North Carolina's William Register (65-69) and the pair are one shot ahead of Lipscomb's Eric Ansett's 5-under par 135 (67-68).

The Flames matched Chang's individual score on the day, carding back-to-back rounds of 3-under par 277 to finish with an aggregate 6-under par 554 (277-277).

No. 20 Arkansas blistered the sister course to the famed TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course during the afternoon round. The Razorbacks carded a 13-under par 267 and enter tomorrow's final round leading the 15-team field with an overall 11-under par 549 (282-267).

No. 43 USF is in second place, one shot ahead of the Flames with a 7-under par 553 (274-279).

Liberty is currently four shots ahead of No. 28 Tennessee (2-under par 558/278-280), six shots clear of No. 24 North Carolina (Even par 560/281-279) and eight shots ahead of No. 11 LSU (2-over par 562/283-279).

Isaiah Logue joined Chang in the top-10 ranking of the 81-man field, finished the day on Monday tied for 10th place with a 2-under par 138 (72-66). The senior matched his career low 18-hole total during the second round, offsetting one bogey with five birdies.

Mickey DeMorat is tied for 20th place following an even par 140 (69-71). The senior opened the tournament with his 34th career round at par or better thanks to three of his six birdies on the day.

Gabe Lench is tied for 30th place with a 2-over par 142 (69-73), carding his sixth round at par or better this year thanks to four opening-round birdies. Payton Taylor is tied for 46th place following a 5-over par 145 (72-73), which included the senior recording five birdies during the day.

The top three teams in the 15-team field will go off the No. 1 tee (par 5, 558 yards) starting at 9:30 a.m. for tomorrow's final round of the Sea Best Invitational. The Flames will be looking to extend their success at this spring-opening event where they have posted six top-five finished in the last eight years.