A strong effort during the closing holes on Monday allowed No. 57 Liberty to secure a third-place finish in the 2018 The Hayt.
The Flames made the turn at a combined 8-over par, dropping Liberty down the final round leaderboard. However, the Flames rebounded with 10 birdies during the last nine holes of play, allowing Liberty to secure a top-three finish.
Liberty was one of three teams in the 15-team field to card an under-par score on the Sawgrass Country Club (par 72, 6,966 yards). The Flames finished the event with a 3-under par 861 (291-281-289), its best team score of the season relative to par.
No. 7 Auburn, the top ranked team in the field, made a final day charge to capture the team title. The Tigers closed the event with a 13-under par 275, posting a winning team score of 12-under par 852 (295-282-275).
No. 24 North Carolina, who led coming into the final round, finished in second place with an 11-under par 853 (288-281-284).
The Flames finished the North Florida hosted event ahead of four top-50 ranked teams. No. 43 Purdue finished in sixth place (8-over par 872), No. 23 North Florida placed seventh (9-over par 873), No. 39 Louisville finished tied for eighth place (12-over par 876) and No. 49 Tennessee completed the event in 10th place (16-over par 880).
Purdue's Brian Carlson, the No. 72 individual ranked golfer in the country, took home medalist honors with a winning score of 9-under par 207 (67-70-70). North Florida's Andrew Alligood was the event's runner-up with an 8-under par 208 (68-70-70).
Two Flames' golfers were among the 15 players in the 90-man field to finish the event with an under-par score. Mickey DeMorat finished in 13th place with a 2-under par 214 (73-67-74). The senior used his length off the tee to help him post an 8-under par score on the par-5 holes during the tournament, which tied for lead in the 90-man field.
Gabe Lench finished tied for 14th place with a 1-under par 215 (70-75-70), bookending the event with rounds at 2-under par. The junior completed the two-day event with 37 pars, tying for top honors in the statistical category.
Isaiah Logue tied for 16th place with an even par 216 (75-69-72). The senior carded three of his 10 birdies during the event on Monday.
Alexandre Fuchs finished tied for 35th place with a 5-over par 221 (78-70-73) after leading the Flames during the event with 13 total birdies.
Ervin Chang and Mitchell Klooz rounded out Liberty's golfers in the field. Chang finished tied for 63rd place with an 11-over par 227 (73-75-79). Klooz, who was competing in the event as an individual, finished tied for 83rd place with a 24-over par 240 (79-81-80).
The Flames will travel to the West Coast for their next event, next Monday and Tuesday, where Liberty will participate in the Duck Invitational hosted by Oregon at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.