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    April 24, 2022 Athens, Ga. RSS | | Box Score Box Score

    No. 36 Liberty will have an uphill battle to fight if it wants to defend its ASUN Men’s Golf Championship following Day 1 action at the championship event.

    The Flames, the No. 1 seed in the event, are currently in fifth place following a 10-over par 294 on its first trip around the University of Georgia Golf Course (par 71, 7,258 yards).

    Last year, Liberty captured its first-ever ASUN Championship and sixth conference title in program history by carding a championship record 20-under par 832 (273-281-278).

    The 12-team field is chasing No. 39 North Florida, who holds a 10-shot lead after opening the championship with a 4-under par 280.

    The Flames will return to the home course of the Georgia Bulldogs in the morning when they will be sent off the No. 1 tee along with golfers from FGCU and North Alabama, starting at 9:30 a.m. for round two.

    Round Recap – Liberty’s Starting Five:

    • Isaac Simmons – T7 1-over par 72 (72)
    • Austin Barbin – T12 2-over par 73 (73)
    • Austin Duncan – T19 3-over par 74 (74)
    • Jonathan Yaun – T26 4-over par 75 (75)
    • 46 Kieran Vincent – T44 7-over par 78 (78)

    Field Reflections:

    • 39 North Florida was the only team in the field to finish the opening round of the championship in red figures.
    • Lipscomb is currently in second place after a 6-over par 290, followed by Jacksonville State’s 8-over par 292 and FGCU 9-over par 293.
    • Only five players in the 60-man field turned in under-par scores during Day 1 of the Championship.
    • North Florida’s Robbie Higgins had a clear card while posting a 5-under par 66 to hold the clubhouse lead after the first day.
    • Fourth other golfers are four shots behind Higgins after carding a 1-under par 70.
    • The University of Georgia Golf Course played at a scoring average of 75.57 on Sunday.

    Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:

    • Liberty’s Isaac Simmons leads the Flames and is tied for seventh place following a 1-over par 72 round on Sunday.
    • Simmons carded four birdies on the day, including a pair during his final five holes.
    • The Flames led the field in par-5 scoring (4.47 scoring average) and had all five players post a birdie on the par-5, No. 7 hole (556 yards).
    • Liberty also led the field in birdies (18), but ranked last in the field in pars (43).
    • Austin Barbin opened his first championship event with the Flames with a 2-over par 73, which has the junior transfer tied for 12th
    • Barbin birdied all three of the par-5 holes on the course on Sunday.
    • Rounding out Liberty’s top-20 golfers is Austin Duncan, who is tied for 19th place following a 3-over par 74.

    Course Information:

    • University of Georgia Golf Couse (Athens, Ga.)
    • Par 71, 7,259 yards

    Following the Flames at ASUN Men’s Golf Championship:

    • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com
    • Twitter @LibertyGolf
    • Instagram @LibertyGolf
    • Round 2 Tee Time: Monday – 9:30 a.m. (No. 1 tee)