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Golf Returns to NCAA Regional Site for Next Event

March 24, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Senior Isaiah Logue is coming off a 16th-place finish at The Hayt, which included a second round 3-under par 69.

Senior Isaiah Logue is coming off a 16th-place finish at The Hayt, which included a second round 3-under par 69.

2018 Duck Invitational Live Stats

No. 56 Liberty returns to a familiar course next week when the men's golf team travels to Eugene, Ore., for the 2018 Duck Invitational.

The two-day event, hosted by No. 30 Oregon, will be contested at the Eugene Country Club (par 71, 7,020 yards) on Monday and Tuesday. Liberty's first trip to this course took place in 2014 when the Flames participated in the NCAA Eugene Regional, May 15-17, 2014.

After winning its third Big South title in a four-year span, Liberty was the No. 6 seed at the NCAA Eugene Regional. The Flames finished the regional event tied for eighth place with a 49-over par 889 (295-297-297).

Liberty's top golfer in the tournament was Niklas Lindstrom. The senior finished tied for third place with a 2-over par 212 (70-72-70) and missed out on individually advancing to the national championship in a playoff.

Stanford took home the team title at the 2014 NCAA Eugene Regional with a 13-over par 853 (276-282-295), finishing one shot ahead of host Oregon's 14-over par 854 (289-280-285). Stanford alum and current PGA Tour player Patrick Rodgers won medalist honors with a 6-under par 204 (66-67-71), finishing six shots clear of the rest of the field.

Besides the NCAA Regional, Oregon has found much success in event on its home course. The Ducks have won this event eight times, including last year when they posted a winning score of 8-under par 844 (283-277-284) to finish 18 shots ahead of Arizona's 10-over par 862 (283-287-292).

Liberty is one of six top-75 ranked teams in the 16-team Duck Invitational field: Arizona (No. 29), Oregon (No. 30), Colorado State (No. 38), Saint Mary's (No. 45), Santa Clara (No. 52) and Liberty (No. 56).

As Liberty begins to turn its attention to next month's Big South Men's Golf Championship, the Flames will start to look to their senior leadership during its final two regular season events.

Mickey DeMorat is coming off his best finish the spring. The senior finished in 13th place at The Hayt, posting a 2-under par 214 (73-67-74). He was named Big South Men's Golfer of the Week earlier this week following his fourth top-20 finish of the season.

Fellow senior Isaiah Logue followed closely behind DeMorat, finishing tied for 16th place with an even par 216 (75-69-72). The senior's second best score relative to par this year was aided by a 3-under par 69 second round, his fifth sub-70 round of the season.

The Flames continue to be led by sophomore Ervin Chang, who ranks seventh in the Big South with a 72.07 season stroke average. He has played 15 of his 27 rounds at par or better this season (55.5 percent) and has posted four top-10 finishes.

The 2018 Duck Invitational gets underway on Monday with 36 holes of continuous play, starting at 8:30 a.m. (PST).  The final round gets underway at the same time on Tuesday and will provide live scoring throughout the 54-hole tournament. 

2018 Duck Invitational
(Latest Rankings as of March 21)
Arizona (No. 29)
Boise State (No. 107)
Colorado State (No. 38)
Denver (No. 118)
Fresno State (No. 105)
Iowa (No. 78)
Liberty (No. 56)
Loyola Marymount (No. 119)
Oregon (No. 30)
Oregon State (No. 96)
Pacific (No. 152)
Saint Mary's (No. 45)
San Jose State (No. 110)
Santa Clara (No. 52)
Seattle (No. 186)
UAB (No. 90)

Course Information:
Eugene Country Club (Eugene, Ore.)
Par 71, 7,020 yards