No. 13 Liberty Set for ASUN Men’s Golf Championship
No. 13 Liberty begins its quest for its first conference title since 2018 when the Flames open play at the 2021 ASUN Men’s Golf Championship on Sunday.
The three-day event is hosted by the ASUN Conference at the University of Georgia Golf Couse (par 71, 7,258 yards) in Athens, Ga., Sunday through Tuesday.
The Flames are the No. 1 seed in the championship and are searching for their first-ever ASUN Championship since joining the league during the 2018-19 athletics season.
The winner of the 2021 ASUN Men’s Golf Championship receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regional, contested May 17-19 at six selected courses around the country.
The Flames are looking for their sixth conference title in program history after winning five conference titles during their time in the Big South Conference (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018).
Liberty has experienced postseason success previously at the University of Georgia Golf Couse. The Flames finished in fifth place at the 2019 NCAA Athens Regional on the same course, earning the team its second appearance in program history at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship.
Liberty, along with No. 2 seed North Florida and No. 3 seed FGCU, will tee off on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. off No. 1 tee (par 4, 466 yards).
Now on The Tee – Liberty’s Starting Five (2020-21 Scoring Average)
No. 7 Kieran Vincent (69.80)
No. 42 Alexandre Fuchs (70.73)
No. 89 Jonathan Yaun (71.60)
Ervin Chang (72.08)
Isaac Simmons (74.33)
Zach Barbin (74.67)
Tournament Reflections – Liberty’s Previous Showing at the ASUN Championship:
• The Flames finished in second place at the 2019 ASUN Men’s Golf Championship, which was contested at the Chateau Elan Golf Club – Legends Course in Braselton, Ga., April 21-23.
• The 2020 ASUN Men’s Golf Championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Liberty fired a 6-over par 870 (297-287-286) during its inaugural ASUN Championship appearance, finishing 12 shots behind conference champion North Florida.
• Kieran Vincent (72-74-69) and Gabe Lench (74-69-72) paced the way for the Flames, finishing tied for third place with a 1-under par 215.
• Jonathan Yaun (78-71-73) and Alexandre Fuchs (73-74-75) shared 10th place with a 6-over par 222.
From the 18th Green – Recapping Liberty’s Last Time Out:
• The Flames hosted No. 41 Charlotte and individuals from No. 39 Virginia in a match play event at Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Va., this past Monday and Tuesday.
• Liberty won the Ryder Cup style event against Charlotte, 6 to 5, on its home golf course.
• Ervin Chang paced the way for Liberty, posting a 2-0-1 record in three rounds of match play sessions (Fourball, Foursomes and individual match play).
• Chang and Liberty’s Isaac Simmons posted a 4 & 3 win over Charlotte’s Ben Woodruff and Carson Ownbey in their Foursome match on Monday afternoon.
• Chang individually posted a 5 & 3 win over Charlotte’s Carson Ownbey during the singles match play event on Tuesday.
Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
• The Flames are currently ranked No. 13 in the latest Golfstat national rankings, the team’s highest national ranking in program history.
• Individually, Liberty’s Kieran Vincent is ranked No. 7 in the country, the highest individual player ranking in program history.
• Alexandre Fuchs is currently ranked No. 42, while Jonathan Yaun is ranked No. 89 in the country.
• Vincent is one of 15 players who have been named to the 2021 Fred Haskins Award Watch List, an award given annually to the most outstanding men’s college golfer in the country.
• Vincent has finished top 10 in all five of Liberty’s spring tournament events and leads the team with a 69.80 scoring average.
• Fuchs ranks second on Liberty’s roster with a 70.73 scoring average, aided by a pair of top-10 finishes this spring.
• Liberty’s appearance in the ASUN Men’s Golf Championship will mark its first tournament of 2021 not contested in the state of Florida.
Looking at the Field (Golfstat national ranking as of 4/16/21):
No. 1 seed Liberty (No. 13)
No. 2 seed North Florida (No. 18)
No. 3 seed FGCU (No. 66)
No. 4 seed Jacksonville (No. 71)
No. 5 seed Kennesaw State (No. 130)
No. 6 seed North Alabama (No. 138)
No. 7 seed Lipscomb (No. 149)
No. 8 seed Stetson (No. 181)
No. 9 seed Bellarmine (No. 266)
• University of Georgia Golf Couse (Athens, Ga.)
• Par 71, 7,259 yards