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LU finished Final Fall Event in Third Place

October 26, 2010  Powells Point, N.C.  RSS
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Robert Karlsson finished tied for fifth place at the ODU/OuterBanks Collegiate Golf Tournament, Liberty's final event of the fall golf season.

Robert Karlsson finished tied for fifth place at the ODU/OuterBanks Collegiate Golf Tournament, Liberty's final event of the fall golf season.

The Flames were unable to keep up with East Carolina and Richmond during the final round of the ODU/OuterBanks Collegiate Golf Tournament, finishing the event in third place.

The Flames opened their fall season-ending tournament with a 12-under par 276, but were unable to rekindle that same opening-round drive on Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday, Liberty fired a four-over par 292, while carding an even par round of 282 to post an eight-under par 856 tournament total.

East Carolina controlled the pace of play all three days, as the Pirates finished 23 shots clear of second-place finisher Richmond. East Carolina posted a 37-under par 827 (270-282-275), while the Spiders finished with a 14-under par 850 (278-292-280).

Richmond was eight shots better than Liberty on Tuesday, allowing the Spiders to climb over the Flames during the final round to secure a second-place finish. Liberty came into the event as the top-ranked program in the 18-team field, at No. 41 in the latest Golfweek collegiate rankings, followed by No. 66 East Carolina and No. 85 Richmond.

East Carolina had four of its five golfers finish inside the Top 10, led by individual medalist Harold Varner, who posted a 20-under par 196 (65-66-65) on the par-72, 6,535-yard Kilmarlic Golf Club. He finished nine shots ahead of Furman's Matthew Broome, who carded an 11-under par 205 (66-68-71) to claim second place.

Liberty's top golfer was Robert Karlsson, who finished tied for fifth place with a six-under par 210 (68-69-73). The junior was able to overcome back-to-back bogeys on the front nine and a third on the par-4, No. 15 with closing birdies on No. 17 and 18 to post his lone over-par round of the event on Tuesday.

Max McKay, who was tied for the first-round lead with Varner after carding a seven-under par 65 on Sunday, finished tied for seventh place with a five-under par 211 (65-75-71). The sophomore was three-under par through 13 holes today, but his last five holes included two bogeys, a double bogey and an eagle to drop two shots.

Stephen Dooley was able to post his second sub-par round of the 54-hole event and finished tied for 22nd place with a one-over par 217 (70-76-71). The senior posted three-straight birdies on holes No. 3, 4 and 5 to quickly find red numbers, but had four bogeys and two birdies during the closing 13 holes to finish the day with a one-under par 71.

Liberty's final two golfers, Ian McConnell and Chase Marinell, rounded out their opening collegiate fall seasons by finishing in 52nd and 58th place, respectively.

McConnell, who finished with a seven-over par 223 (76-74-73), was one-under par through 16 holes, but a double-bogey five on the par-3, No. 17 hole dropped the rookie back to an over-par score.

Marinell had a rough start out of the gates, bogeying six of the first seven holes on Tuesday, before posting an even-par round on the back nine and finished the event with a nine-over par 225 (73-74-78).

The event wrapped up Liberty's most successful fall slate in program history, as the Flames posted three Top 3 finishes in four fall events. 

Liberty will return to the golf link on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 for the JU Invitational, hosted by Mark McCumber, at the PLAYERS Stadium Course at the TPC – Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.