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Strong Finish Allows Flames to Take 6th Place

February 18, 2018  Gainesville, Fla.  RSS
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Isaiah Logue and the Flames finished the SunTrust Gator Invitational in sixth place, tying the program's best finish at the Florida hosted event in the last seven tries.

Isaiah Logue and the Flames finished the SunTrust Gator Invitational in sixth place, tying the program's best finish at the Florida hosted event in the last seven tries.

Liberty fired the second lowest team score of the final round, allowing the Flames to finish in sixth place at the 2018 SunTrust Gator Invitational.

The Flames closed the Florida-hosted event by carding a 5-under par 275, the team's best 18-hole total of the 2017-18 season. The only team to better the Flames during the final round was tournament champion and No. 5 ranked Vanderbilt, who closed with a 10-under par 270.

The sixth-place finish also ties Liberty's best showing at this event, where the Flames have played for the last seven years. Liberty also finished in sixth place in 2012 and 2016.

The Flames completed the two-day event firing a 2-over par 842 (282-285-275) and climbed three spots up the leaderboard with their solid play on Sunday.

The Commodores ran away with the event, winning by 11 strokes over the host Gators. No. 5 Vanderbilt posted a winning score of 18-under par 822 (274-278-270).

No. 6 Florida recorded a 9-under par 831 (275-278-278) on its home course, the Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,701 yards).

No. 25 USF finished in third place with a 5-under par 835 (278-281-276), followed by No. 32 Florida's 3-under par 837 (278-282-277). UCF was the last team in the 16-team field to finish with an under-par score, finishing in fifth place with a 2-under par 838 (274-284-280).

The Flames ended the event ahead of No. 27 Missouri, who finished in seventh place with a 6-over par 846 (279-281-286), and No. 14 Arkansas (286-283-278), who tied Georgia Southern (282-279-286) for eighth place with a 7-over par 847.

Missouri's Hayden Buckley, the 14th-ranked player in the country, took home medalist honors by posting an 8-under par 202 (70-68-64).

No. 24 ranked Phillip Knowles of North Florida (67-70-66) and USF's Claudio Correa (65-69-69) shared second place with a 7-under par 203.

Liberty's Ervin Chang fired his second sub-70 round of the event on Sunday, allowing the sophomore to finish tied for eighth place with a 4-under par 206 (70-68-68). He tied for the team lead during the 54-hole event with 11 birdies, while adding an eagle.

Isaiah Logue carded his seventh round at par or better this year and second of the weekend to finish tied for 22nd place. The senior completed the event with a 1-over par 211 (67-74-70).

Gabe Lench finished tied for 27th place, rallying on the back nine to record his seventh round at par this season. The junior made the turn at 2-over par, but posted birdies on the par-4 No. 14 (371 yards) and No. 17 (336 yards) holes.

Mickey DeMorat closed the event with his second lowest 18-hole total of his season. The senior carded a 3-under par 67 on Sunday to help him end the tournament tied for 30th place with an overall 3-over par 213 (74-72-67).

Payton Taylor finished with his best round of the tournament, carding a 3-over par 73 on Sunday. Overall, the senior finished tied for 75th place with a 15-over par 225 (75-77-73).

The Flames will see a familiar team when they return to the golf course in nearly three weeks. The next event on Liberty's schedule is Coastal Carolina's General Hackler Championship, held at the Dunes Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 10-11.

The Chanticleers were also in the 16-team field at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, were they fished in 12th place with a 21-over par 861 (286-288-287).