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Flames Use Moving Day Push to Take BSC Championship Lead

April 21, 2018  Ninety Six, S.C.   RSS
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Mickey DeMorat paced Liberty's record-breaking day at the Big South Men's Golf Championship, carding a 5-under par 67 during the event's second round.

Mickey DeMorat paced Liberty's record-breaking day at the Big South Men's Golf Championship, carding a 5-under par 67 during the event's second round.

No. 1 seed Liberty carded a program-record score during "Moving Day" at the 2018 Big South Men's Golf Championship on Saturday, pushing the top seed into the overall lead.

Liberty recorded a 15-under par 273 during the middle round of the championship and now leads the event by four strokes. The Flames carded an 11-over par 299 during their first trip around The Patriot Golf Club (par 72, 7,120 yards) on Friday, it highest score at this event since 2010.

The Flames responded by setting a program record with a 15-under par 273, besting its previous low of a 13-under par 275 during its championship run in 2012.

The score also matched the lowest team score at the Big South Men's Golf Championship. Coastal Carolina carded a 273 during the second round in 2012 and Campbell posted the same score in its opening round during its title run, last year.

Overall, the Flames lead the event with a 4-under par 572 (299-273) following 36 holes of play. No. 8 seed Charleston Southern was keeping pace with Liberty until Art Griffin posted a quadruple bogey on the dreaded No. 16 hole (par 4, 470 yards) and Jacques Wilson closed with a bogey on his last two holes.

Both golfers entered the final three holes standing at 4-unde par for the day with three holes left to play, but their late struggles dropped the Buccaneers to an overall even par 576 (293-283) for the championship.

No. 3 seed Campbell stands nine shots behind Liberty in third place with a 5-over par 581 (293-288). 

No. 3 seed Gardner-Webb, the overnight leader entering today's round, now stands in fourth place with a 6-over par 582 (291-291). No. 5 seed High Point completes the upper part of the leaderboard, as the Panthers have tallied a 7-over par 583 (298-285).

High Point's Brendan MacDougall tied a Big South Championship record, recording a 9-under par 63 on Saturday to move into first place with an overall 8-under par 136 (73-63).

Charleston Southern's Wilson is in second place with a 7-under par 137 (67-70), while High Point's Alec Weary is in third place with a 5-under par 139 (72-67).

Liberty's Alexandre Fuchs stands in fifth place with a 2-under par 142 (74-68). The rookie carded his third sub-70 round of the season, thanks to a clean card with four birdies and 14 pars. The freshman closed the round with a short wedge shot to four feet resulting in a birdie on No. 18 (par 5, 554 yards), a hole each of Liberty's golfers birdied today to give Liberty the overall lead heading into tomorrow's final round.

Mickey DeMorat tied his second-lowest round of the season, carding a team-best 5-under par 67 on Saturday. The senior, who had six birdies on the day, is now tied for sixth place overall with a 1-under par 143 (76-67).

Ervin Chang got himself back to level par for the championship and into a share of ninth place (Even par/75-69). The sophomore erased a double bogey at the par-5, No. 5 hole (560 yards) after going out of bounds left off the tee with seven birdies throughout the day, making all of his birdies from inside 15 feet on the greens.

For the day, Liberty's scoring leader this season hit 8-of-14 fairways, 14-of-18 greens in regulation and had 27 total putts. Chang birdied three of the four par-5 holes, including No. 13 (580 yards) after benefiting from a favorable drop out of an area of ground under repair.

Isaiah Logue carded his 63rd career round at par or better, shooting an even par 72 on Saturday thanks to four birdies which places him in 14th place with a 2-over par 146 (74-72).

Gabe Lench had Liberty's best improvement from the first to second round, carding a 3-under par 69 after opening with a 7-over par 79. The junior is tied for 17th place at 4-over par after recording six birdies on the day.

The Flames will be in search of their fifth Big South Men's Golf Championship title when they return to The Patriot Golf Club for tomorrow's final round.

Winners of the championship in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016, Liberty will be paired with golfers from Charleston Southern and Campbell during tomorrow's final round, which gets underway for the top three teams at 8:50 a.m. of No. 1 (par 4, 405 yards).