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Flames In 3rd Place after Round 2 of The Hayt

March 18, 2018  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Flames In 3rd Place after Round 2 of The Hayt

No. 57 Liberty was one of a handful of teams able to withstand blustery conditions during the first day of 2018 The Hayt, where the Flames are in third place following 36 holes of competition.

The 15-team field battled wind gusts up to 20 MPH throughout the day on Sunday during their first two trips around the Sawgrass Country Club (par 72, 6,966 yards).

The Flames closed the day with a 7-under par 281, their sixth-best team score of the 2017-18 season. Following 36 holes of play, Liberty is in third place with a 4-under par 572 (291-281).

No. 24 North Carolina matched the Flames' score during the afternoon flight and currently holds a three-stroke lead over Liberty with a 7-under par 569 (288-281).

Jacksonville weathered the windy afternoon conditions the best, carding an 11-under par 277 and is in second place with a 5-under par 571 (294-277).

North Carolina, Jacksonville and Liberty are the only three teams in red figures, as No. 7 Auburn (295-282) and UCF (293-284) are tied for fourth place with a 1-over par 577.

A total of 13 players in the 90-man field are currently under par, led by Tennessee's Lorenzo Scalise, the No. 34 ranked individual golfer in the country. He carded matching rounds of 68 and enters tomorrow's final round atop the leaderboard with an 8-under par 136 (68-68).

Mickey DeMorat tied his low round of the spring season, firing a 5-under par 67 during the afternoon flight, during which he posted five birdies and 13 pars. Overall, the senior is tied for fifth place with a 4-under par 140 (73-67).

Isaiah Logue is tied for 14th place at an even par 144 (75-69), thanks to his fifth sub-70 round of his senior season.

Gabe Lench is tied for 19th place with a 1-over par 145 (70-75). The junior paced the Flames' efforts during the morning flight, which saw him post a pair of birdies and an eagle on the par-5, No. 18 closing hole (520 yards).

Ervin Chang (73-75) and Alexandre Fuchs (78-70) are tied for 40th place with a 4-over par 148. Chang posted seven birdies on the day, including five during his first round. Fuchs was eight shots better during his second time round the course, thanks to five birdies during the back nine holes.

Liberty also has one individual competing in the field where Mitchell Klooz is in 85th place with a 16-over par 160 (79-81).

The Flames will be in the final grouping which will be sent off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 380 yards), starting at 9:15 a.m. Liberty will be paired with golfers from No. 24 North Carolina and Jacksonville.