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    No. 15 seed Liberty showcased its best golf of the championship on Sunday and nearly pushed the Flames into the final round of stroke play at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship.

    The Flames had one of the best rounds of the day on Sunday, carding a 4-over par 284 to rapidly climb up the leaderboard and nearly move into the top 15 teams.

    Liberty got within three strokes of the coveted “Red Line” (top-15 teams) multiple times during its final trip around the Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course (par 70, 7,289 yards). However, Liberty ultimately fell short of advancing as a team to the final round of stroke play, which would have been a first in program history.

    The Flames finished the national championship event in 21st place, carding an overall 39-over par 879 (295-300-284).

    Liberty finished seven shots behind No. 22 seed Georgia Tech (289-288-295) and No. 27 seed TCU (292-293-287), who currently share 15th place with an overall 32-over par 872. Georgia Tech and TCU teams will return to the course at 7:30 a.m. PST for a playoff to determine who will be the last team to advance to the final round of stroke play.

    The 21st-place finish wraps up Liberty’s 2020-21 season and the Flames’ third appearance ever in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in program history.

    The Flames finished in 10th place at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in 2012 and in 20th place at the last national championship event in 2019.

    The 2020-21 season was one of the best in program history. Liberty was consistently ranked inside the top-25 Golfstat national rankings throughout the spring season, reaching a program best No. 13 ranking on April 14.

    Kieran Vincent was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Golfstat individual national rankings (April 21 rankings), the highest individual ranking in program history. He is program’s first-ever player to be named to the Fred Haskins Award watch list (top collegiate golfer in the country).

    The Flames finished fifth or better in each of their events leading up to the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship. Liberty also captured it’s first-ever ASUN Championship and sixth conference title in program history (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021).

    The Flames made their 11th NCAA Regional appearance and their ninth at the last 10 Regional events (2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021).

    Round Recap – Liberty’s Starting Five:
    • No. 17 Kieran Vincent – T56 8-over par 218 (77-75-66)
    • No. 90 Jonathan Yaun – T56 8-over par 218 (73-73-72)
    • Alexandre Fuchs – T109 14-over par 224 (75-77-72)
    • Ervin Chang – T115 15-over par 225 (70-81-74)
    • Zach Barbin – N/A 14-over par 154 (79-75 – 1st and 2nd Round)
    • Isaac Simmons – N/A 11-over par 81 (81 – 3rd Round)

    Field Reflections:
    • No. 3 seed Oklahoma State is the only team in the 30-team field to finish the third day of play in red figures with a 12-under par 828 (280-274-274).
    • For the second day in a row, the Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course played more than three strokes over par on average (73.24 scoring average).
    • No. 2 seed Oklahoma is 13 shots off the overall lead with a 1-over par 841 (280-279-282).
    • The top 15 teams will play one more round of stroke play on Monday to determine the eight-team field for match play that begins on Tuesday.
    • Two rounds of match play will be contested on Tuesday (national championship quarterfinal and semifinal rounds).
    • The final two teams will square off for the national championship in one final 18-hole match play event on Wednesday.
    • Following play tomorrow, the top player in the field will be declared the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Individual National Champion.
    • Currently, Oklahoma State’s Bo Jin, who is ranked No. 19 in the country, leads the field with a 9-under par 201 (67-65-69).
    • Jin holds a two shot lead over Clemson’s Turk Petitt, who is ranked No. 13 nationally and has carded a 7-under par 203 (68-67-68) through three rounds.

    Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
    • Liberty finished the day with the sixth-best team score on Sunday, a 4-over par 284.
    • The Flames’ closing round 284 was the team’s lowest 18-hole total in three appearances at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship.
    • Kieran Vincent’s 4-under par 66 is the lowest individual score by a Liberty player in program history at the national championship (Previous record: 3-under par 69 by Gabe Lench during the third round in 2019).
    • The Flames finished play on Sunday with 14 birdies after carding a combined 12 birdies during the first two days of the national championship.
    • No. 17 Kieran Vincent (77-75-66) and No. 90 Jonathan Yaun (73-73-72) paced the way for the Flames, finishing tied for 56th place with an 8-over par 218.
    • Vincent had the second-best round of the day on Sunday, ranking second to Wake Forest’s Parker Gillam, who carded a 6-under par 64.

    Record Book Review – Season/Career Reflections:
    • Ervin Chang finishes up his Liberty career having played in 143 career rounds, the third most by any player in program history (Isaiah Logue: 152 [2014-18); Gabe Lench: 147 [2015-19]).
    • As a team, Liberty finished the 2020-21 season with a 284.70 stroke average, the second-best team season stroke average in school history (school record is a 284.63 set during the 2019-20 season).
    • Liberty set a school record with the best team Spring scoring average at 284.70 with the Flames only competing during the spring season (previous record was a 285.17 set during the 2018 spring season).
    • Kieran Vincent finished the 2020-21 season with a 70.48 stroke average, setting a new school record (previous record: Jonathan Yaun – 70.78 set in 2019-20).
    • Other season stroke average rankings: Jonathan Yaun – 71.59 (ranks fifth-best in school history) and Alexandre Fuchs – 71.93 (ranks 11th-best in school history).
    • Kieran Vincent currently ranks first in school history with a 71.79 career stroke average (previous record: 72.02 by Robert Kalsson [2009-12]).
    • Ervin Chang finishes his career with a 72.55 stroke average, which ranks fifth best in program history.
    • Kieran Vincent currently ranks first in school history with a 71.81 career stroke average, while Alexandre Fuchs ranks seventh best with a 72.65 career stroke average.

    Photos provided by Tim Cowie

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