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)