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Flames Capture Title at Davidson Invitational

October 13, 2009  Davidson, N.C.  RSS
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Robert Karlsson had his second-straight Top 5 finish to help lead the Flames to the team title at the Davidson College Invitational.

Robert Karlsson had his second-straight Top 5 finish to help lead the Flames to the team title at the Davidson College Invitational.

The Liberty golf team captured its second title in a many seasons, fending off several would-be charges from three programs. The Flames finished the Davidson College Invitational two strokes clear of the rest of the 12-team field, during Tuesday's final 18 holes of action held at the River Run Country Club, a par-72, 7,208-yard trek.

Liberty entered Tuesday morning's final round sitting two strokes ahead of Wofford and 10 shots ahead of Big South foe Gardner-Webb.

The Bulldogs shaved six shots off their second round total to fire a final round nine-over-par 297 and end the two-day, 54-hole event with an aggregate 36-over-par 900 (300-303-297).

Wofford and Liberty, who played their final rounds alongside Gardner-Webb, matched each other shot for shot during the midday round, with both programs carding final round 17-over-par 305.

Thanks to padding built during Liberty's opening-round, one-under-par 287, the Flames were able to hang on for the team title, besting Wofford by two strokes to capture the invitational.

Liberty ended the event with a 32-over-par 896 (287-304-305), two shots clear of Wofford, who finished the tournament at 34-over-par 898 (295-298-305).

Individual medalist honors went to Wofford's Garrett Medeiros, who was the lone golfer to finish the 54-hole event in red numbers, carding a three-round, one-under-par 215 (70-70-75), despite his worst round of the tournament on Tuesday.
Robert Karlsson and Chris Watters were the two Liberty golfers to help secure their squad's victory.

Karlsson fired a final round, one-over-par 73 to finish the event in a three-way tie for fourth place at six-over-par 222 (72-77-73). This marks Karlsson's second-straight Top 5 finish, after a fifth-place finish at Liberty's Frank Landrey Invitational, last week, at the Spring Valley Golf Club in Gordonsville, Va.

Watters finished the final round with one more stroke on his card than his teammate, as the junior fired a two-over-par 74 during the last 18 holes. The San Diego, Calif., native finished the event tied with Karlsson and Guilford's Noah Ratner with a three-day total of six-over-par 222 (72-76-74).

Leading the Flames final three golfers was Stephen Dooley, who finished tied for 14th with a 10-over-par 226 (72-78-76).
Max McKay, who was in second place coming into the day, struggled and shot an 83 on Tuesday to finish the event in a tie for 28th place with a 13-over-par 229 (71-75-83).

Liberty's final golfer was Preston Dembowiak, who finished the three-day tournament in a tie for 40th place with an 18-over-par 234 (76-76-82).

The team victory for the Flames was Liberty's first of the 2009-10 season and the second during the calendar year. The Flames' previous team title came last spring, when Liberty captured the William & Mary First Market Bank Intercollegiate on March 24. Since the 1994-95 season, Liberty has now won 15 collegiate golf tournaments.

The Flames will return to the links on golf links on Nov. 1-2, when the Flames wrap up their fall golf schedule at the Renaissance Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event is being hosted by Xavier at the Renaissance Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla.