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LU Moves Up after Even Par Round at BSC Champ

April 20, 2010  Ninety Six, S.C.  RSS
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Max McKay carded the best 18-hole total by a Flame at the Big South Championships since 2007, when the freshman carded a three-under par 69 on Tuesday.

Max McKay carded the best 18-hole total by a Flame at the Big South Championships since 2007, when the freshman carded a three-under par 69 on Tuesday.

The Flames had a 16-stroke improvement from their opening round, allowing Liberty to move up the leaderboard to fourth place heading into the final round of the 2010 Big South Men's Golf Championship.

After firing a 16-over par 304 yesterday, No. 2 seed Liberty carded an even par 288 on Tuesday, which was the second-best team total of the day. The 288 marked the best 18-hole total in program history at the Big South championship event, bettering Liberty's 289 from the opening round of the 2000 Big South Championship.

The dramatic improvement helped the Flames climb two spots up the leaderboard, as Liberty will enter the final day of competition in fourth place with a 16-over par 592 (304-288).

Six-time defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina currently leads the field and are eight shots clear of second-place Charleston Southern.

After two rounds of golf, the Chanticleers have posted an even par 576 (286-290), while Charleston Southern, who was the only team to better Liberty on Tuesday, has posted an eight-over par 584 (298-286). High Point is currently in third place with a 14-over par 590 (297-293).

Winthrop is in fifth-place with a 23-over par 599 (291-308), followed by sixth-place Radford (298-304) at 26-over par 602 and seventh-place Gardner-Webb (314-293) with a 31-over par 607). Presbyterian also stands with a 26-over par 602 (300-302), but the Blue Hose are not eligible for the team title nor do their individual golfers count in the standings, as they are still in their transition years to full-time NCAA Division I status.

Coastal Carolina's Dan Obremski is the top individual golfer in the field of 40, as the Big South all-conference player carded an even par 72 on the day and has posted a two-day total of five-under par 139 (67-72).

Robert Karlsson is the Flames' highest ranking golfer in the overall event standings, as the sophomore is tied for second place at one-under par 143 (73-70). He shares the spot along with his Day 2 playing partner Kelvin Day of Charleston Southern (69-74) and his teammate Jacobo Pastor (75-68).

The reigning Big South Freshman of the Year posted his first sub-par round at the Big South Championship event, as the sophomore finished the day with a two-under par 70. Karlsson was the standard of consistency on the day, as he finished with three birdies, one bogey and 14 pars, including a stretch where he posted eight-straight pars.

Max McKay fired the lowest round of the day for the Flames, as the rookie carded a three-under par 69 and now finds himself tied for 10th place at three-over par 147 (78-69). The Big South all-conference golfer carded six birdies and three bogeys on the day and was one of five golfers to break 70 on the day.

McKay, who individually posted a nine-shot improvement from day one, carded the lowest round at the Big South Championship for a Flame since Michael Turner finished with a three-under par 69 during the second round of the 2007 championship event.

Jordan Frye, who was one of four Flames to post career best rounds at the Big South Championship event on the day, is tied for 18th place at six-over par 150 (78-72).

The sophomore went out in 38, but carded birdies on No. 12 and 14, both par 4s, to even his scoreboard on the day. He shared 18th place with Gardner-Webb's Daniel Kim (75-75), a Big South all-conference golfer.

Preston Dembowiak (75-77) is two shots behind Frye and shares 21st place with High Point's Chase Wilson (77-75), as both golfers have carded an eight-over par 152 after two rounds of golf. Liberty's final golfer on its scoreboard is Stephen Dooley, who stands along in 30th place with a 16-over par 160 (81-79).

Liberty will be back on the No. 1 tee at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor, a par-72, 7,079 yard trek, at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning for the final 18 holes of competition. The Flames will be playing alongside fifth-place Winthrop and sixth-place Radford.

Fans wishing to follow the Flames action around the links can subscribe to the LibertyFlames Twitter page, where live updates will continue to be posted during Wednesday's action.

For the second day in a row, the LibertyFlames Twitter page will be following Karlsson, hosting hole-by-hole updates. The sophomore is tied for second at one-under par and just four shots behind Day 2 leader Dan Obremski of Coastal Carolina.