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Flames in Third Place Following Opening Round

October 5, 2009  Gordonsville, Va.  RSS
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Robert Karlsson carded a two-under-par 70 in the second round of the Frank Landrey Invitational.

Robert Karlsson carded a two-under-par 70 in the second round of the Frank Landrey Invitational.

More than half the field was able to complete the second round before play was halted due to darkness, Monday night, at the conclusion of the first day of action at the Frank Landrey Invitational.

The first round wrapped up roughly around 2:45 p.m., with Richmond clinging to a narrow margin. The Spiders carded a four-over-par 292, which was three strokes ahead of Gardner-Webb (295), five strokes ahead of Liberty (297) and seven in front of High Point (299).

The event, which is being hosted by Liberty at the Spring Valley Golf Club, saw 41 of its 76 golfers finish all 36 scheduled holes on Monday before the siren was sounded at 6:58 p.m. The remainder of the field is slated to hit the link at 8 a.m., tomorrow morning, to conclude second round action on the par-72, 7,172-yard trek.

Round 1 Recap
Thanks to an even-par round of 72 by freshman Stephen Dooley and two-over-par rounds of 74 carded by Preston Dembowiak and Robert Karlsson, Liberty found itself just five shots off the pace following the first 18 holes of action, Monday afternoon.

Dooley got off to a rough start, bogeying four out of his first five holes on the day. However, a birdie on the par-4, 449-yard No. 7 hole jump-started the Flames' top golfer in the opening round. He followed with four additional birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 17 and 18, helping Dooley card a two-under-par 34 on the backside.

Dembowiak and Karlsson, Liberty's No. 1 and No. 2 golfers, both saw turning points on their second holes of the day. Karlsson birdied the par-5, 564-yard hole, while Dembowiak put himself in a hole with a double bogey.

Following a bogey on No. 3, Dembowiak recaptured his swing, birding No. 6 and No. 9. A third birdie on the par-4, 445-yard No. 14 got the sophomore back to even. But the Summerfield, N.C., native slipped up with a double bogey on No. 16, to leave him at two-over par following his first 18 holes.

Karlsson remained one-under-par until he hit a rough stretch, bogeying No. 5, No. 6 and No. 8 to make the turn at two-over-par 38. Consecutive birdies on No. 12 and No. 13 got the Swedish golfer back to level par, but bogies on No. 15 and No. 18 left him tied for 19th overall with his teammate Dembowiak and 10 other golfers.

Max McKay (37-40-77) and Andrew Nelson (41-39-80) rounded out Liberty's "A" team, finishing the first 18 holes in a tie for 41st and 59th place, respectively.

The host Flames also entered a second "B" team in their own event, and the squad found itself in a three-way tie for eighth place after the opening 18 holes of action, 12 strokes back (304) of leader Richmond.

The Spiders' Daniel Walker (35-36) shared the clubhouse lead with James Madison's Mike Smith (35-36), as the pair were the lone golfers to break par, carding one-under-par rounds of 71. Seven golfers finished the opening 18 holes of action at level par, including Liberty's Dooley and Jordan Frye (37-35) of the Flames' "B" squad.

Following the morning flight, Richmond led the 14-team field, as the Spiders sat atop the leaderboard with a four-over-par 292. Gardner-Webb, one of five Big South teams in the tournament's field, was in second place with a seven-over-par 295, followed by the Flames' nine-over-par 297.

Round Two Recap
Four of the 41 golfers who were able to complete their second rounds before darkness descended upon the Gordonsville, Va., course were from the Flames "A" team.

Two of Liberty's golfers broke par, led by Karlsson's two-under-par 70, leaving the sophomore at level-par 144 heading into the final round.

Nelson had a dramatic turnabout for the Flames, as the freshman shaved nine strokes off his morning outing (80) by carding a one-under-par 71.

Liberty's final two golfers to complete action were Dooley and Dembowiak, with Dooley firing a four-over-par 76 and Dembowiak carding a six-over-par 78. Dooley's 36-hole total stands at a four-over-par 148, while Dembowiak is four strokes behind him with an eight-over-par 152.

The Flames lone remaining "A" team golfer, Max McKay, and the other 34 golfers will return to the course, tomorrow morning, at 8 a.m., to finish out second round action. The 35 golfers have anywhere between one to four holes of golf remaining before the second round can be completed.

Following a short break, the entire field of 76 golfers will be reshuffled and sent off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees to conclude action at the Frank Landrey Invitational with a third and final 18 holes.