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Chang Leads Charge for Flames at Royal Oak Intercollegiate

October 21, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chang Leads Charge for Flames at Royal Oak Intercollegiate

Liberty's Ervin Chang had his best showing of the fall season on Monday, carding a pair of 3-under par rounds of 68 to share the clubhouse lead following day one at the 2019 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

Chang's strong showing at the Baylor-hosted tournament has the Flames in second place, one stroke behind No. 6 SMU.

Liberty finished the day carding an 11-under par 557 (286-271) on the Royal Oaks Country Club (par 71, 7,068 yards).

The event's final round gets underway tomorrow morning with the Flames heading out off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 436 yards) at 8:42 CST.

Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
• Ervin Chang: T1 6-under par 136 (68-68)
• Jonathan Yaun: T5 4-over par 138 (73-65)
• Alexandre Fuchs: T14 1-under par 141 (73-68)
• Zach Barbin: T17 even par 142 (72-70)
• Isaac Simmons: T48 6-over par 148 (75-73)

Field Reflections:
• Round one action was slightly delayed during the morning due to the severe storms and tornado that hit the Dallas area overnight prior to the tournament.
• The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate is utilizing the "Maxwell" tournament format where all five golfers from each school participate in the same grouping.
• During their second trip around the Royal Oaks Country Club, the Flames carded the best 18-hole team total on Monday with a 13-under par 271.
• Liberty and SMU distanced themselves from the rest of the field during the afternoon flight, shooting a combined 23-under par during the second round (Liberty 13-under par 271; SMU 10-under par 274).
• Tournament host and No. 11 ranked Baylor tried to keep pace with the Flames and the Mustangs on Monday and is in third place following a 6-under par 562 (282-280).
• The Flames did most of their scoring on the par-5 holes on Monday, finishing round two with a 12-under par 4.60 scoring average on the par-5 holes to lead the field.

Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:

• Liberty is ranked No. 53 in the first Golfstat national rankings of the 2019-20 season, which was released last Wednesday.
• Chang led the field on the day, finishing the first 36 holes of play with a tournament-best 13 birdies on Monday.
• Chang carded his second and third sub-70 rounds of the season, giving him 23 for his four-year career with the Flames.
• Jonathan Yaun is currently in fifth place with a 4-under par 138 (73-65), trailing his teammate and Michigan's Charlie Pilon (67-69-136/6-under par) by two strokes.
• The sophomore closed the day with a 6-under par 65, tied for the eight-lowest round in tournament history and Yaun's personal career low 18-hole total.

Course Information:
• Royal Oaks Country Club (Dallas, Texas)
• Par 71, 7,068 yards

Following the Flames at Royal Oaks Intercollegiate:
• Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com
• Twitter @LibertyGolf
• Instagram @LibertyGolf
• Round 3 Tee Time: Tuesday at 8:42 a.m./CST (off No. 1 tee)