The only thing keeping the Flames from climbing up the leaderboard more on Monday were severe thunderstorms during round two of the Shoal Creek Invitational.
Following a 10-over par 298 during their first trip around the Shoal Creek Country Club (par 72, 7,300 yards), the Flames are currently in eighth place out of 14 teams, as they are 3-under par midway through their second round.
Play was suspended due to lightning in the area around 5 p.m., local time. Round two is scheduled to resume at 8:30 a.m., followed directly behind by the final round.
Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five: • Gabe Lench: T11 1-under par (2-under par 70 first round, +1 second round) • Kieran Vincent: T21 1-over par (5-over par 77 first round, -3 second round) • Ervin Chang: T26 2-over par (3-over par 75 first round, -1 second round) • Jonathan Yaun: T61 9-over par (4-over par 76 first round, +5 second round) • Alexandre Fuchs: T67 10-over par (10-over par 82 first round, even par second round) • Zach Barbin: T21 1-over par (1-under par 71 first round, +2 second round - Competing as an individual)
Field Reflections: • Three teams in the 14-team field are currently under par: Texas A&M (6-under par), North Florida (5-under par) and Georgia Southern (3-under par). • Liberty is one of four teams with an under-par score midway through the second round: Texas A&M (6-under par), Vanderbilt (4-under par), Liberty (3-under par) and North Florida (1-under par). • The Flames (+7) currently hold an 11-stroke lead over ninth place UAB (+16), the tournament's host team. • With roughly six holes to play in the second round, Liberty trails sixth place Ole Miss by five strokes (+2) and seventh place Kansas by three strokes (+7).
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes: • Gabe Lench finished the first round tied for fifth place following a 2-under par 70 opening round. • Gabe Lench is tied for third place in the 87-man field with eight birdies through 33 holes of play. • Kieran Vincent and Ervin Chang are under par midway through their second rounds. Vincent is 3-under par through 15 holes of play, while Chang is 1-under par after having completed 12 holes of his second round.
Course Information: • Shoal Creek Country Club (Birmingham, Ala.) • Par 72, 7,300 yards
Following the Flames at Shoal Creek Invitational: • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com • Twitter @LibertyGolf • Instagram @LibertyGolf • Round 2 Tee Time (play resumes): Tuesday at 8:30 a.m./CST