Alexandre Fuchs (pictured) and Isaiah Logue are tied for 10th place following the first round of the 2018 Big South Men's Golf Championship.
No. 1 seed Liberty was one shot off the pace at the turn, but struggled during the final nine holes of play, leaving them in sixth place after the first day of competition at the 2018 Big South Men's Golf Championship.
The Flames, currently ranked No. 41 in the country, played the first nine holes at The Patriot Golf Club (par 72, 7,120 yards) at 2-over par and trailed No. 2 seed Campbell by one shot.
However, Liberty carded only four combined birdies during their closing half of the round, dropping the team four spots down the first day leaderboard.
Liberty carded an 11-over par 299, its highest team score at the Big South Championship since an opening round 16-over par 304 on the same course in 2010.
No. 3 seed Gardner-Webb fared the best during the back nine on the Davis Love, III, designed golf course and currently holds a two-stroke lead over the nine-team field. The Runnin' Bulldogs fired an opening round 3-over par 291, eight shots better than Liberty.
No. 2 seed Campbell and No. 8 seed Charleston Southern are two shots off the pace following a 5-over par 293. No. 5 seed High Point and No. 6 seed Longwood rank just ahead of the Flames following 10-over par rounds of 298.
Charleston Southern's Jacques Wilson was one of three players in the 45-man field to finish in red figures. The senior had a clean card during a breezy day at the course, posting five birdies and 13 pars to card a 5-under par 67 and hold a three-shot lead.
Campbell's Jesper Svensson, the reigning Big South Player of the Year, stands in second place following a 2-under par 70, while Gardner-Webb's Aaron Thomas is in third place after a 1-under par 71.
Liberty's top golfers in the field are Alexandre Fuchs and Isaiah Logue, who are both tied for 10th place following a 2-over par 74.
Fuchs got into red figures after an eagle on the par-5, No. 8 hole (527 yards), but had three bogeys during his back nine.
Logue, who is trying to become Liberty's second four-time All-Big South selection, was even at the turn, but could only offset a birdie on the par-4, No. 12 hole (368 yards) with three back-nine bogeys.
Ervin Chang, Liberty's top golfer during the 2017-18 season, bookended birdies during his open nine holes to make the turn at 1-under par. However, he double bogeyed No. 10 (par 4, 415 yards) and posted bogeys on No. 12 and No. 15 (par 3, 205 yards) to drop into a tie for 20th place with a 3-over par 75.
Mickey DeMorat was the only Flame to find success during the back nine, finishing the inward nine at 1-under par. The senior, a two-time All-Big South golfer, struggled out of the gates, but close approach shots on No. 12 and No. 18 (par 5, 554 yards) allowed him to get two key shots back for the Flames and finish tied 26th place with a 4-over par 76.
Gabe Lench rounded out Liberty's lineup with a 7-over par 79 and stands tied for 39th place entering tomorrow's second round.
The Flames will be matched up with golfers from Radford and High Point during the middle round of the three-day conference championship event. Liberty's players will tee off starting at 8:50 a.m., off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 392 yards), Saturday morning.