Robert Karlsson is in third place with a seven-under par 137 after two rounds at the ODU/OuterBanks Collegiate Golf Tournament.
Tougher playing conditions created higher scores on Monday, but Liberty still finds itself in second place in the ODU/OuterBanks Collegiate Golf Tournament, following 36 holes of play. All but three programs in the 18-team field saw their second-round scores escalate, including a combined 42 additional strokes by the top three teams in the field. East Carolina followed its blistering 18-under par 270 on Sunday with a six-under par 282 and stands 16 shots clear of the rest of the field with a 24-under par 552. Liberty will enter tomorrow's final round at the par-72, 6,535-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club in second place, as the Flames have posted an eight-under par 568 (276-292). Liberty opened the three-day event with a 12-under par 276, but could not keep up with the Pirates, as the Flames found themselves with a four-over par 292 on Monday. Richmond (278-292) and Louisville (283-287) are the only other programs in the tournament field in red figures, as the pair of golf teams stand at six-under par 570. Liberty's Robert Karlsson is one of three golfers in the field of 93 to post consecutive sub-70 rounds and currently stands in third place with a seven-under par 137 (68-69). Karlsson, who is the top-ranked individual golfer in the field at No. 99, stood at one-under par most of the day before posting birdies on No. 16 and 17 to trim two additional shots off his second-round scorecard. Karlsson currently trails East Carolina's Harold Varner, who leads the field with a 13-under par 131 (65-66) and Furman's Matthew Broome, who is in second with a 10-under par 134 (66-68). Max McKay, who came into the day tied with Varner atop the leaderboard, did not find as much success on the second day. The sophomore fired a three-over par 75, which he was able to lower with birdies on No. 16 and 18. Overall, he is tied for seventh place with a four-under par 140 (65-75). Stephen Dooley is tied for 34th place with a two-over par 146 (70-76). The senior birdied the par-4, No. 3 hole and stayed at one-under par until three bogeys and double bogey on a four-hole stretch forced him to post a higher score on Monday. Freshmen Chase Marinell and Ian McConnell matched each other with two-over par rounds of 74 and stand in 43rd and 55th place, respectively, entering the final day of competition. Marinell, who has posted a three-over par 147 (73-74), was able to offset two front-nine bogeys with birdies on No. 2 and 9, but recorded three additional bogeys down the stretch. McConnell, who has posted a six-over par 150 (76-74), trimmed two shots off his opening round score, thanks to birdies on No. 2, 9 and 18 to go along with three bogeys and a double bogey during his second round. The Flames will conclude their fall slate tomorrow when they return to Powells Point, N.C., for the final 18 holes of play at the ODU/OuterBanks Collegiate Golf Tournament.