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No. 35 Liberty in 4th Place after Opening Day of Sea Best Invitational

February 4, 2019  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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No. 35 Liberty in 4th Place after Opening Day of Sea Best Invitational

Late pushes in both rounds on Monday allowed the Flames to maintain a top four showing through 36 holes of play at the 2019 Sea Best Invitational.

No. 35 Liberty enters tomorrow's final round in fourth place after firing an 8-over par 568 (279-289) during the first day of play on the TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course (par 70, 6,858).  

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• Ervin Chang: 2nd 3-under par 137 (67-70)
• Kieran Vincent: T14 1-over par 141 (68-73)
• Gabe Lench: T21 3-over par 143 (72-71)
• Jonathan Yaun: T50 9-over par 149 (72-77)
• Alexandre Fuchs: T56 10-over par 150 (75-75)
• Zach Barbin (Individual): T79 17-over par (76-81)

Field Reflections:
• The 14-team field includes nine teams who finished the fall season ranked in the top 50 Golfstat national rankings.
• Only one team in the field finished the first day of play in red figures, as No. 46 Florida leads the tournament following a 1-under par 559 (278-281).

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• The Flames finished the morning flight one stroke behind Florida and in second place with an opening round 1-under par 279.
• Liberty played the closing stretch of the first round at a combined 6-under par, allowing the Flames to climb up the leaderboard into second place.
• In similar fashion, Liberty played the final holes of its afternoon round at a combined 2-under par, allowing the Flames to finish the first day in fourth place.
• Ervin Chang posted the biggest push during the final round, as the junior birdied four of his last six holes of play to finish the day in second place with a 3-under par 137 (67-70).
• Chang, who won this event last year in a playoff, is four shots off the overall pace as he trails Jacksonville's Eduardo Carrete's 7-under par 133 (69-64).
• Chang posted 10 birdies during the first 36 holes of play, ranking tied for second in the field in birdies.

Course Information:
• TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
• Par 70, 6,858 yards

Following the Flames at Sea Best Invitational:
• Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com
• Twitter @LibertyGolf
• Instagram @LibertyGolf
• Round 3 Tee Time: Tuesday at 8:00 a.m./EST (shotgun start)