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No. 7 Seed Flames Set for NCAA Raleigh Regional

May 11, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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NCAA Raleigh Regional Notes

No. 7 seed Liberty will be seeking its second trip to the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship in program history when it competes at the NCAA Raleigh Regional, Monday through Wednesday in Raleigh, N.C.

The three-day, 54-hole event will be contested at the Lonnie Pool Golf Course (par 71, 7,273 yards), home of the NC State Wolfpack men's and women's golf programs. A practice round will be held on Sunday with the tournament getting underway on Monday morning.

The Flames, who are currently ranked No. 40 in the country in the latest Golfstat rankings, received an automatic bid to one of the six NCAA Regional fields. Liberty earned the automatic bid by virtue of its 19-stroke win at the 2018 Big South Men's Golf Championship.

Liberty captured the program's fifth conference title in the last eight years by firing a winning score of 16-under par 848 (299-273-276) on The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C., April 20-22. The Flames finished 19 shots clear of fellow Raleigh Regional participant and No. 10 seed Campbell, who posted a 3-over par 867 (293-288-286) at the conference championship event.

Liberty is making the program's ninth appearance at an NCAA Men's Golf Regional and the seventh in the last eight years. Liberty earned automatic bids to the NCAA Regionals with Big South titles in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The Flames advanced to postseason regional play with an at-large selection in 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2017.

The men's golf program is one of only two teams at Liberty to earn an at-large selection into an NCAA Division I postseason championship. Baseball earned it's first-ever NCAA Regional at-large berth in 2014.

The top five teams at each of the six NCAA Regional sites will advance to the 2018 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship at Karsten Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., May 25-30.

The Flames are one of six teams at the NCAA Raleigh Regional to earn an automatic bid to this regional site.

No. 7 Liberty (Big South) is joined by No. 1 Georgia Tech (ACC), No. 11 Middle Tennessee State (Conference USA), No. 12 Augusta (MEAC), No. 13 Davidson (Atlantic 10) and No. 14 Iona (MAAC) as conference championships and automatic qualifiers.

No. 1 seed Georgia Tech leads the field at the Raleigh Regional, as the Yellow Jackets are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest Golfstat national rankings.

Three of Liberty's starting five golfers at the NCAA Raleigh Regional have previous experience at NCAA postseason events, led by senior Isaiah Logue.

When Logue tees it up next week, he will join former All-American golf Robert Karlsson (2009-12) as the only other Flame to have participated in four-straight NCAA Regional events.

The senior from Fairfield, Pa., individually qualified for the 2015 NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, while he was a part of Liberty's starting five golfers at the 2016 NCAA Albuquerque Regional and the 2017 NCAA Austin Regional.

In three prior NCAA Regional appearances, Logue has posted a 74.44 stroke average. His best finish came at last year's NCAA Austin Regional where he finished tied for 18th place with a 1-over par 214 (69-75-70). The three-time All-Big South selection (2015-16-17) currently ranks third in program history with a 72.56 career stroke average.

Mickey DeMorat joined Logue as a three-time All-Big South honoree (2016-17-18) when he was named to the team in April following a runner-up finish at the 2018 Big South Men's Golf Championship. He carded a 7-under par 209 (76-67-66) to share second place with fellow Flame Alexandre Fuchs, aiding in Liberty's team title run.

DeMorat, who ranks just ahead of Logue and is in second place with a 72.36 career stroke average, has two previous NCAA Regional appearances. He has posted a 76.00 NCAA Regional career stroke average with his best finish coming in 2016 where he tied for 30th place with a 13-over par 229 (76-76-77) at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.

Gabe Lench has Liberty's best finish at an NCAA Regional event among active players, as he finished tied for 17th at the 2016 NCAA Albuquerque Regional with a 10-over par 226 (71-82-73). He enters the event with a 74.5 career stroke average after playing in two prior NCAA Regional events.

Liberty's final two players at this year's NCAA Raleigh Regional will be new to the postseason event. Ervin Chang joined DeMorat on this year's All-Big South team after posting a 72.22 season stroke average to go along with a team best six top-10 finishes.

Fuchs joined DeMorat on the All-Big South Championship team after his runner-up finish at the conference championship event with a 7-under par 209 (74-68-67). The All-Big South Freshman team selection currently holds a 72.89 season stroke average that includes three top-10 finishes during his rookie campaign.

Liberty is looking to make its second trip to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in program history. The Flames' last NCAA Regional win took place 85 miles west of Raleigh at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

Liberty won the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional and finished in 10th place at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The Flames won the 2012 NCAA Greensboro Regional with a 4-over par 868 (283-293-292), finishing three shots ahead of Florida's 7-over par 871 (299-287-285) and six shots clear of Auburn's 10-over par 874 (296-292-286).

2018 NCAA Raleigh Regional Field
(Latest Rankings – as of May 2)

No. 1 seed – Georgia Tech (No. 4)
No. 2 seed – California (No. 9)
No. 3 seed – Texas (No. 16)
No. 4 seed – Arizona State (No. 21)
No. 5 seed – Duke (No. 28)
No. 6 seed – NC State (No. 36)
No. 7 seed – Liberty (No. 40)
No. 8 seed – Missouri (No. 45)
No. 9 seed – Santa Clara (No. 52)
No. 10 seed – Campbell (No. 56)
No. 11 seed – Middle Tennessee State (No. 74)
No. 12 seed – Augusta (No. 111)
No. 13 seed – Davidson (No. 198)
No. 14 seed – Iona (No. 268)

NCAA Regional Individuals:
1. Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb
2. Mark Lawrence, Virginia Tech
3. Conor Purcell, Charlotte
4. Alex Weiss, Marshall
5. Brendan MacDougall, High Point

Course Information:
Lonnie Poole Golf Course (Raleigh, N.C.)
Par 71, 7,273 yards