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    Jonathan Yaun paced Liberty's efforts during the second round of the 2021 NCAA Men's Golf Championship on Saturday.

    The third-year sophomore carded his second-consecutive round of 3-over par 73 at the championship event and currently is tied for 71st place with an overall 6-over par 146 (73-73).

    As a team, the Flames struggled during round two of the national championship. Liberty will enter play on Sunday tied for 27th place with an overall 35-over par 595 (295-300) after two trips around the Grayhawk Golf Club – Raptor Course (par 70, 7,289 yards).

    The Flames will need to finish inside the top 15 teams following play on Sunday to advance to the final round of stroke play on Monday.

    Currently, 14th place is shared by No. 19 seed Texas Tech (276-304) and No. 20 seed Arkansas (287-293), who are 15 shots ahead of Liberty with an overall 20-over par 580.

    During tomorrow's third round of the national championship, Liberty will be paired with No. 17 seed San Francisco and No. 29 Little Rock. The three teams will be sent off the No. 1 tee (par 4, 430 Yards) starting at 1:10 p.m. PST.

    Round Recap – Liberty's Starting Five:
    • No. 90 Jonathan Yaun – T71 6-over par 146 (73-73)
    • Ervin Chang – T114 11-over par 151 (70-81)
    • No. 17 Kieran Vincent – T125 12-over par 152 (77-75)
    • Alexandre Fuchs – T125 12-over par 152 (75-77)
    • Zach Barbin – T138 14-under par 154 (79-75)

    Field Reflections:
    • Five teams in the 30-team field managed to break par on Saturday, while the entire field struggled playing the course at more than three shots over par (73.69 scoring average).
    • Day 1 clubhouse leader No. 19 seed Texas Tech fell from first place to a share of 14th place after carding a 24-over par 304 on Saturday.  
    • No. 3 seed Oklahoma State was the only team who was able to tame the Tom Fazio designed course, carding a 6-under par 274 to lead the championship event with an overall 6-under par 554 (280-274).
    • No. 2 seed Oklahoma is in second place and five shots off the lead with an overall 1-under par 559 (280-279).
    • No. 10 seed and tournament host Arizona State is in third place with a 2-over par 562 (284-278) after carding the second best team score of the day (2-under par 278).
    • Oklahoma State's Bo Jin, the No. 19 ranked player in the country, currently leads the event with an 8-under par 132 (67-65).
    • The round of the day belonged to Arizona State's Ryggs Johnston. The No. 46 ranked player in the country fired a 7-under par 63 to move into a share of second place.
    • Johnston (72-63) shares second place with Clemson's Turk Petitt (68-67), who is ranked No. 13 in the country. Both players' overall score is a 5-under par 135.

    Birdies and Bogeys – Liberty Team Notes:
    • The Flames only managed two birdies on the day: a birdie two on the par-3 No. 5 hole (205 yards) by Kieran Vincent and a birdie three on the par-4 No. 3 hole (475 yards) by Jonathan Yaun.
    • Yaun was 1-under par on the day after the birdie at No. 3 and 11 other pars before his tee shot went long at the uphill No. 13 hole (par 3, 230 yards), and he wasn't able to get up and down for par.
    • After a missed green at No. 15 (par 4, 450 yards) that led to a bogey and a missed birdie opportunity following a nice approach at No. 17 (par 4, 405 yards), Yaun entered the final hole at 1-over par.
    • Yaun had a nice drive that left him a shorter approach at the long No. 18 hole (par 4, 520 yards), but his shot to the green found the water right of the putting surface that led to a closing double bogey.

    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 3 Tee Time: Sunday at 1:10 p.m./PST (No. 1 tee)

    Photos provided by Tim Cowie and Marlee Smith