No. 14 Liberty Earned 6-5 Match Play Win over Charlotte
No. 14 Liberty earned a 6-5 win during a two-day match play event against No. 41 Charlotte, Monday and Tuesday, at Poplar Grove Golf Club.
The match play event also featured individual stroke play match-ups with golfers from Liberty, Charlotte and No. 39 Virginia.
During the two-day event, Liberty and Charlotte squared off in a Ryder Cup style event, with three rounds of match play.
Monday's 36-hole event featured Fourball play during the morning flight and Foursomes groupings during the afternoon. Liberty won the Fourball round, 2 to 1, while Liberty and Charlotte split the Foursome matches, 1 1/2 to 1 1/2, in the afternoon. At the end of Day 1, Liberty held a 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 overall lead in the match play event.
The two teams returned to the Poplar Grove Golf Club, the home course for the Flames, for five singles matches on Tuesday morning.
Ervin Chang secured the first point of the day for the Flames, winning his match, 5 & 3, over Charlotte's Carson Ownbey. The senior was 4-up at the turn and closed out his match with a par of the par-4, No. 15 hole (502 yards).
Charlotte won the next two matches with Ben Woodruff defeating Liberty's Jonathan Yaun, 4 & 3, while the 49ers Dongjin Park defeated the Flames' Isaac Simmons, 1-up.
Liberty's Alexandre Fuchs squared the Round 3 match up at 2 to 2, following a 3 & 1 victory over Charlotte's Matt Sharpstene. Fuchs, who is ranked No. 50 in the country, was 2-down after three holes, but he won five holes in a row to reverse the match and go 3-up after a birdie on the par-5 No. 11 hole (524 yards).
The final match of the day was between Charlotte's John Gough and Liberty's Kieran Vincent, the No. 10 ranked golfer in the nation. Vincent was 2-up after eight holes, before Gough got one back with a birdie at the par-4 No. 9 hole (411 yards).
Neither golfer could gain any separation during the back nine, as the two halved eight-straight holes. A nice approach shot to five feet allowed Gough to close the match with a birdie at the home hole, par-4 No. 18 (382 yards) to square the individual match.
Gough's closing birdie on the home hole meant the two teams halved the individual matches and allowed Liberty to finish the overall match with a 6 to 5 victory.
The Flames will now turn their attention to the 2021 ASUN Men's Golf Championship, which gets underway on Sunday in Athens, Ga.
The three-day event will be contested at the University of Georgia Golf Course, where Liberty finished in fifth place at the 2019 NCAA Athens Regional to advance to their second NCAA National Championship appearance.