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Golf Shares Title with Host Oregon at Duck Invitational

March 27, 2018  Eugene, Ore.  RSS
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Golf Shares Title with Host Oregon at Duck Invitational

No. 56 Liberty and No. 30 Oregon carded the best rounds of the day on Tuesday, allowing the pair to finish the Duck Invitational tied atop the 16-team leaderboard.

Both teams carded a closing round 1-over par 285 during their final trip around Eugene Country Club (par 71, 7,020 yards).

Following 54 holes of play, Liberty (290-290-285) and Oregon (289-291-285) shared the team title with a 13-over par 865, as there was no playoff to determine an overall winner. The two teams went about their final round in different fashions to claim the team title.

The Flames had three players post an even par 72 and a fourth card a 1-over par 73 on Tuesday. The Ducks used the strong play of Norman Xiong to finish in first place in their own tournament for the ninth time in the event's 27-year history.

Xiong closed the event with a 7-under par 64 to individually capture medalist honors with a winning score of 11-under par 202 (67-71-64). However, the Ducks' No. 1 golfer had a clean card until he closed with a bogey on the home hole (No. 18, par 4, 445 yards), allowing Liberty to share the team title.

Liberty's win marked the program's 27th team title at a NCAA Division I event and the program's first since capturing the Big South Men's Golf Championship on April 23, 2016.

Liberty and Oregon finished the event four shots clear of Santa Clara (293-286-290) and Oregon State (298-282-289), who shared third place with a 17-over par 869.

No. 45 St. Mary's (Calif.) finished in fifth place (23-over par 875/294-291-290), followed by No. 29 Arizona (25-over par 877/292-290-295) and No. 38 Colorado State (27-over par 879/294-295-290).

Xiong's closing round 64 allowed the Oregon golfer to overtake Riley Elmes, the overnight clubhouse leader. Loyola Marymount's top golfer finished one shot behind Xiong with a runner-up score of 10-under par 203 (71-66-66).

Liberty's Isaiah Logue was one of six golfers to finish the event in red figures, as he tied for fifth place with a 1-under par 212 (68-73-71). The senior was one of the three Flames to card an even par round on Tuesday, his 11th at par or better this season.

Mickey DeMorat finished the event tied for 12th place with a 3-over par 216 (75-70-71). The senior led the Flames on the day with six birdies, including birdies on the final two holes to help seal Liberty's shared team title.

Alexandre Fuchs finished in 20th place with a 6-over par 219 (74-73-72). The freshman continued to post improved scores during the event, helping him record his third top-20 finish of his rookie season with the Flames.

Gabe Lench finished tied for 24th place with an 8-over par 221 (74-76-71). The junior saved his best round of the tournament for last, which included three birdies and an eagle on the par-5, No. 12 hole (525 yards).

Ervin Chang rounded out Liberty's golfers in the field, finishing the event tied for 43rd place with a 12-over par 225 (74-74-77).

The Flames will play in their final tune-up before the 2018 Big South Men's Golf Championship when the team returns to the course, April 13-15, for the Mason Rudolph Championship. Vanderbilt hosts the three-day, 54-hole event on its home course, the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.