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Golf Tied for 2nd Place Following Day 1 of Duck Invitational

March 26, 2018  Eugene, Ore.  RSS
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Isaiah Logue is tied for fifth place following the first 36 holes of action at the Duck Invitational.

Isaiah Logue is tied for fifth place following the first 36 holes of action at the Duck Invitational.

No. 56 Liberty kept pace with the lead group during the first day of the Duck Invitational and finds itself one shot off the overall lead in second place.

The Flames posted a 12-over par 580 (290-290) during their first two trips around the Eugene Country Club (par 71, 7,020 yards) on Monday.

The pair of consistent rounds has the Flames in the mix to capture their first team title since winning the 2016 Big South Men's Golf Championship. Three shots separate the top five teams in the field, including No. 29 Arizona and No. 30 Oregon.

Santa Clara leads the 16-team field following an 11-over par 579 (293-286). The Flames are tied with tournament host Oregon (289-291) and Oregon State (298-282), while Arizona stands in fifth place with a 14-over par 582 (292-290).

Loyola Marymount's Riley Elmes posted the best round of the day during the afternoon flight, allowing him to claim the overnight lead. He finished the first 36 holes at 5-under par 137 (71-66), thanks to a 5-under par 66 during his second trip around the course.

A total of eight golfers enter tomorrow's final round in red figures, including Liberty's Isaiah Logue. The senior is tied for fifth place with a 1-under par 141 (68-73) after opening the event with his sixth sub-70 round of the season, one that included third birdies and 15 pars.

Mickey DeMorat used the experience of the first round to shave four shots off his second-round total and climb 22 spots up the individual leaderboard. The senior is tied for 17th place with a 4-over par 146 (75-71) thanks to four second-round birdies.

Alexandre Fuchs and Ervin Chang follow one and two shots behind DeMorat. Fuchs is tied for 21st place with a 5-over par 147 (74-73) after matching DeMorat with four second-round birdies. Chang posted matching rounds of 3-over par 74 and is tied for 28th place with an overall 6-over par 148 (74-74).

Gabe Lench tied for second place on Liberty's roster on Monday with six birdies, but fell to 41st place following an 8-over par 150 (74-76).

Golfers from the top four teams in the 16-team field will be paired together during Tuesday's final round. Liberty, along with Santa Clara, Oregon and Oregon State will be sent off the tees from holes No. 1 through No. 4 for a shotgun final round start at 8:30 a.m. (PST).