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Golf Takes 4th Place at Sea Best Invitational

February 5, 2019  Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  RSS
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Golf Takes 4th Place at Sea Best Invitational

No. 35 Liberty carded one of the better final rounds at the 2019 Sea Best Invitational on Tuesday, finishing the event in fourth place.

Five teams in the 14-team field carded a lower score than the Flames during their final time around the TPC Sawgrass – Dye's Valley Course (par 70, 6,858). 

Liberty finished the event in fourth place with an 11-over par 851 (279-289-283). The Flames had a three-shot cushion on either side of them. Liberty finished three shots ahead of No. 26 NC State (14-over par 854/290-274-290) and three shots behind No. 46 Florida (8-over par 848/278-281-289).

No. 39 Florida State had its way with the course on Tuesday, carding a 9-under par 271 to post a winning score of even par 840 (287-282-271). No. 23 North Florida, one of four ASUN teams in the field, finished in second with a 3-over par 843 (282-279-282).

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• Kieran Vincent: T4 2-under par 208 (68-73-67)
• Ervin Chang: T7 1-under par 209 (67-70-72)
• Gabe Lench: T21 4-over par 214 (72-71-71)
• Jonathan Yaun: T54 12-over par 222 (72-77-73)
• Alexandre Fuchs: T60 14-over par 224 (75-75-74)
• Zach Barbin (Individual): T77 24-over par (76-81-77)

Field Reflections:
• Nine players in the 84-man field finished in red figures with three finishing tied atop the leaderboard.
• Florida State's John Pak (70-70-66), Florida's Gordon Neale (69-69-68) and Jacksonville's Eduardo Carrete (69-64-73) all carded a 4-under par 206 to finish the tournament tied for first place.
• Pak posted a par on the first playoff hole to claim medalist honors after Neale and Carrete both started the sudden death playoff with a bogey.

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• Liberty's Kieran Vincent finished two shots out of the playoff, sharing fourth place with a 2-under par 208 (68-73-67).
• Vincent made the turn at level par on Tuesday, but posted three back-nine birdies to record his lowest 18-hole total of the season.
• Ervin Chang, who won this event in a playoff last year, finished tied for seventh place with a 1-under par 209 (67-70-72).
• Liberty led the field in par-3 scoring (+2/3.03 scoring average) and ranked second in the 14-team field with 174 total pars.
• Liberty has participated in this event nine out of the last 10 years, posting eight top-five finishes.

Back on the Course – Liberty's Next Event:
• 2019 SunTrust Gator Invitational (Feb. 16-17)
• Mark Bostick Golf Course (Gainesville, Fla.)
• Hosted by Florida
• Par 70, 6,701 yards