Liberty will conclude its fall schedule with the program's second-ever trip outside the Continental United States when the Flames participate in the 2019 Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational.
The three-day, 54-hole event gets underway on Friday at the Ka'anapali Golf Club; Royal Ka'anapali Course (par 71, 6,700 yards) in Ka'anapali, Hawaii.
The Hawaii-hosted tournament will feature the largest field the Flames will see during the regular season, as Liberty will be one of 20 teams at the event.
Now on The Tee – Liberty's Starting Five (2019-20 Stroke Average) • Jonathan Yaun (71.75) • Ervin Chang (71.83) • Alexandre Fuchs (72.25) • Zach Barbin (73.20) • Connor Polender (74.67)
Tournament Reflections – Liberty's Previous Showing at the Ka'anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational
• The Flames made the program's inaugural trip to Hawaii in 2015, finishing in 13th place out of 19 at this event. • Liberty was tied for fifth place following the opening round of the tournament, but was unable to keep pace, eventually carding a 31-over par 883 (285-298-300). • Liberty's top two golfers in the field were Isaiah Logue and Mickey DeMorat. • Logue finished tied for 11th place by carding an even par 213 (72-70-71), while DeMorat finished one shot behind him in 15th place with a 1-over par 214 (70-72-72). • A total of 10 players in the 102-man field managed to post a score in red figures, led by tournament medalist Zach Healy (8-under par 205/68-66-71) of Georgia. • Oklahoma ran away with the tournament, posting a winning score of 15-under par 837 (276-281-280), 12 shots ahead of runner-up Georgia (3-under par 849/285-278-286).
From the 18th Green – Recapping Liberty's Last Time Out
• Liberty's Jonathan Yaun is coming off the best showing of his young collegiate career, as he shared medalist honors at the 2019 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, Oct. 21-22. • Yaun picked up his first collegiate career win by posting a score of 8-under par 205 (73-65-67), sharing medalist honors with three other players. • Liberty finished the event in third place with a 12-under par 840 (286-271-283), Liberty's lowest 54-hole total of the 2019-20 season. • The Flames continued to do most of their scoring on the par-5 holes, finishing the tournament second in the field with a 4.64 par-5 scoring average (16-under par). • A total of 18 players in 68-man field finished the event with an under-par score, including three Liberty players. • No. 6 SMU paced the way in the 12-team field, carding a 15-under par 269 on Tuesday to win the tournament by nine strokes. • The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate utilized the "Maxwell" tournament format where all five golfers from each school participated in the same grouping.
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes
• Following the third-place showing at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, Liberty's Golfstat national ranking went up three spots to No. 37. • Liberty will be playing its third tournament of the fall without senior Kieran Vincent, who leads the Flames on the year 71.00 stroke average. Vincent is currently sidelined with an injury. • The Flames are coming off one of the most historic seasons in program history. • Liberty was consistently ranked inside the Golfstat top 25 national rankings all last season, including a program best No. 18 in March. • Liberty finished the year ranked No. 22 in the final Golfstat national rankings. • The Flames earned the program's eighth NCAA Regional appearance in the last nine years.• Liberty finished in fifth place at the NCAA Athens Regional, pushing the program to the national championship for the second time in school history. • Liberty finish 20th at the 2019 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship, the team's second best finish at the national championship. • Ervin Chang and graduated senior Gabe Lench were named to the PING All-America honorable-mention team, becoming the second and third players in program history to be named an All-American. • The Flames open the 2019-20 season with a one-shot win at the 2019 Resort Intercollegiate, Liberty's 30th tournament win in program history at the NCAA Division I level and the first since winning the Intercollegiate at the Grove title on Oct. 9, 2018.
Looking at the Field (latest Golfstat national ranking as of Oct. 29):
Air Force (No. 186) Boise State (No. 90) Clemson (No. 15) Connecticut (No. 144) George Washington (No. 250) Georgia (No. 19) Gonzaga (No. 175) Hawaii (No. 257) Kansas (No. 44) Liberty (No. 37) North Texas (No. 157) Oklahoma (No. 5) Sacramento State (No. 138) South Carolina (No. 31) Southern Illinois (No. 174) UCLA (No. 23) UC Santa Barbara (No. 159) Washington (No. 18) West Virginia (No. 51) Wyoming (No. 101)
• Ka'anapali Golf Club; Royal Ka'anapali Course (Ka'anapali, Hawaii) • Par 71, 6,700 yards
Following the Flames at Marquette Intercollegiate: • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com • Twitter @LibertyGolf • Instagram @LibertyGolf • Round 1 Tee Time: Friday at 8:30 a.m./HST (Shotgun start)
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