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LU Climbs Three Spots at Seahawk Invitational

February 27, 2011  Wilmington, N.C.  RSS
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Preston Dembowiak fired the second-best round of his collegiate career on Sunday and stands in ninth place entering the final day at the Seahawk Invitational.

Preston Dembowiak fired the second-best round of his collegiate career on Sunday and stands in ninth place entering the final day at the Seahawk Invitational.

Liberty and South Carolina fired the best rounds of the day during the afternoon flight, helping both programs climb three spots up on the Seahawk Invitational leaderboard, during 36 holes of play on Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall.

The Flames and the Gamecocks carded three-under par 285s during the second round of competition on the Nicklaus Course, a par-72, 6,918-yard trek. With the second-round effort, Liberty's third-best 18-hole team score of the 2010-11 season, Liberty and South Carolina are in fourth and fifth places, respectively, among the 12 teams in the field.

Entering the final round of competition, No. 48 Liberty stands 10 strokes off the pace with a 12-over par 588 (303-285), following an 18-stroke improvement over its opening round.

No. 25 Wake Forest leads the tournament field with a two-over par 578 (291-287), followed by No. 61 East Carolina, who is in second with a four-over par 580 (294-286). No. 52 UNC Wilmington, the host institution for the two-day event, stands in third place at seven-over par 583 (290-293).

The final Top 75 ranked program in the field is No. 42 North Carolina, which stands in eighth place, as the Tar Heels enter Monday with a two-round aggregate 29-over par 605 (301-304).

Five golfers carded three-under par 69s during the afternoon round of competition, including Wake Forest's Charlie Harrison, who leads the field of 66 golfers with a three-under par 141 (72-69).

UNC Wilmington's Ryan Sullivan, who is competing as an individual, stands in second place with a two-under par 142, thanks to back-to-back rounds of 71.

East Carolina teammates David Watkins (73-70) and Zach Edmondson (72-71) round out the four golfers that are in red figures with a one-under par 143.

Four golfers stand at level par (144) after 36 holes of competition, including two ranked golfers and are tied for fifth place. Included in the group are No. 17 Evan Beck of Wake Forest (73-71) and Liberty's Robert Karlsson (73-71), who entered the event ranked No. 30 in the latest Golfweek individual listing.

Preston Dembowiak fired the best 18-hole round of the day, carding a five-under par 67 during the second round and now stands tied for ninth place at one-over par 145 (78-67). The five-under par score was the second lowest 18-hole score of the senior's career, ranking just one stroke behind his closing round 66 at the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Liberty's final three golfers each saw a second-round improvement and enter the final round of competition tied for 26th with a seven-over par 151.

Max McKay and Andrew Colvin mirrored each other, as the pair fired an opening-round 76 followed by a 75 during the afternoon flight.

Niklas Lindstrom, who got his second collegiate start, opening with a 79. However, the freshman rebounded and fired his second-best 18-hole total of the season, a level-par 72 to tie his fellow teammates on the individual leaderboard.

The Flames, along with the rest of the 12-team field, will return to the Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall, tomorrow morning, for the final 18 holes of competition.