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Second-Round Effort Pushes Golf Into Day 1 Lead

April 13, 2018  Franklin, Tenn.  RSS
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Second-Round Effort Pushes Golf Into Day 1 Lead

No. 46 Liberty soared to the top of the Mason Rudolph Championship leaderboard after carding the best round during Friday afternoon's second round.

Due to weather concerns in the greater Nashville area for tomorrow, tournament officials decided to play 36 holes on Friday, instead of the first of three scheduled days of 18 holes of play.

Liberty carded a 5-under par 279 during its second trip around the Vanderbilt Legends Club – South Course (par 71, 7,100 yards), its sixth sub-280 team score of the season.

Following two rounds of competition, Liberty leads the 15-team field with a 2-over par 570 (291-279). After the Flames' second-best team score of the spring season, they are ahead of three top-10 ranked teams in the field.

Liberty leads No. 7 Alabama by two strokes after the Crimson Tide carded a 4-over par 572 (291-281). Tournament host and No. 4 Vanderbilt is in third place at 7-over par 575 (288-287), while No. 6 Florida is in fourth place with an 11-over par 579 (291-288).

No. 47 Louisville, the final top-50 ranked team in the field, is in a distant fifth place following a 21-over par 589 (301-288) during the first day of play.

Vanderbilt's John Augenstein (70-69) and Alabama's Davis Shore (72-67) lead the 82-man field with a 3-under par 139.

After three Flames carded sub-70 rounds during the afternoon on Friday, Liberty has three players currently ranked in the top 10 and within striking distance of the individual lead.

Ervin Chang posted his ninth sub-70 round of his season and is tied for fourth place with a 1-under par 141 (73-68). The sophomore carded four birdies and an eagle on the course's home hole (No. 18 – par 5, 522 yards).

Mickey DeMorat matched Chang during the second round with four birdies, pushing him into a share for seventh place with a 1-over par 143 (74-69).

Isaiah Logue rounds out Liberty's top-10 golfers, as the senior is tied for 10th place with a 3-over par 145 (72-73). Logue carded six birdies on the day, including four during the afternoon.

Gabe Lench paced Liberty's efforts during the first round with a 1-over par 72 and currently is tied for 18th place with a 5-over par 147 (72-75). The junior recorded four of his five birdies on the day during his first trip around Vanderbilt's home golf course.

Alexandre Fuchs moved 45 spots up the leaderboard during the afternoon flight following his second lowest 18-hole score of his rookie season. The freshman also had four birdies during the second round and is currently in a share for 29th place with a 7-over par 149 (80-69).

The 15-team field will return to the Vanderbilt Legends Course on Sunday to wrap up the 54-hole event. Tournament officials postponed play for Saturday due to the threat of severe weather in the area.