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    May 27, 2022 Scottsdale, Ariz. RSS | | Box Score Box Score

    No. 26 seed Liberty fired the fifth-best round of the morning flight to keep the Flames in the upper half of the leaderboard following Day 1 of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship.

    The Flames posted a 10-over par 290 during their first trip around the Grayhawk Golf Club (par 70, 7,289 yards) on Friday morning.

    Following the conclusion of the afternoon flight, Liberty finds itself tied for ninth place, sharing the spot with No. 4 seed and tournament host Arizona State.

    Liberty’s strong opening round at the national championship event was paced by Super Senior Kieran Vincent, who carded a 1-under par 69 and is one shot off the overall lead. Vincent is playing in his third-straight NCAA National Championship.

    The Flames will be in the afternoon flight for Day 2 of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship. Liberty will be sent off the No. 10 tee (par 4, 390 yards), along with No. 25 seed North Florida and No. 27 seed BYU, starting at 12:47 p.m. PST on Saturday.

    Round Recap – Liberty’s Starting Five:

    • No. 52 Kieran Vincent – T3 1-under par 69 (69)
    • Jonathan Yaun – T42 3-over par 73 (73)
    • Austin Duncan – T62 4-over par 74 (74)
    • Isaac Simmons – T62 4-over par 74 (74)
    • Zach Barbin – T152 11-over par 81 (81)

    Field Reflections:

    • 3 seed Vanderbilt stands atop the 30-team leaderboard following Day 1 of the national championship after opening the event with a 2-over par 282.
    • 21 seed Oregon and No. 16 seed Auburn are three shots off the overall pace following opening rounds of 5-over par 285.
    • 19 seed Kansas and No. 20 seed Arizona round out the top five teams in the field after opening the championship with a 6-over par 286.
    • Following Day 3 on Sunday, the 30-team field will be narrowed down to the top 15 teams who will play one last 18-hole round on Monday to try to earn one of eight spots in the Match Play portion of the national championship event.
    • A total of seven golfers finished the day in red figures, including Liberty’s Kieran Vincent (T3 1-under par 69).
    • Kansas’ Harry Hillier and Auburn’s Brendan Valdes share the Day 1 individual lead following an opening round 2-under par 68.

    Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:

    • Liberty’s 10-over par 290 is the Flames’ third-best 18-hole team total in four total appearances at the NCAA National Championship.
    • Last year, the Flames finished off a 21st-place showing at the national championship, which was also hosted at Grayhawk Golf Club, with a 4-over par round of 284.
    • During Liberty’s first-ever appearance at the national championship, Liberty posted a 4-over par 288 at the 2021 NCAA National Championship, held at historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
    • Liberty finished the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship tied for 10th place, one shot outside of making the Match Play portion of the championship event.
    • Kieran Vincent’s 1-under par 69 was the Super Senior’s sixth sub-70 round of the season.
    • Liberty finished the day ranked fourth in the field in par-5 scoring (1-under par/4.90 scoring average).

    Course Information:

    • Grayhawk Golf Club (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
    • Par 70, 7,289 yards

    Following the Flames at NCAA National Championship:

    • Live stats will be available at Golfstat.com
    • Twitter @LibertyGolf
    • Instagram @LibertyGolf
    • Round 2 Tee Time: Saturday at 12:47 p.m./PST (No. 10 tee)