Liberty's Team Title Highlights This Week's Men's Golf Action
LIBERTY WINS REES JONES INVITATIONAL; WINTHROP FINISHES FIFTH, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN NINTH, PRESBYTERIAN 12TH IN EVENT
For the second day in row, Liberty continued to dominate play at the Rees Jones Invitational, winning the event by 24 strokes and having the tournament's individual medalist in Niklas Lindstrom.
The Flames, currently ranked No. 40 in the first Golfstat rankings of the year, claimed four of the top five spots in the 63-man field en route to a six-over par 870 (284-290-296).
The next team on the leaderboard was East Carolina, who finished in a distant second place with a 30-over par 894 (298-303-293). The Pirates were followed by tournament host South Carolina, who finished three rounds at the par-72, 7,380-yard Haig Point Golf Course in third place with a 32-over par 896 (295-296-305).
Rounding out the tournament's top five was Charlotte, who finished fourth with a 42-over par 906 (306-296-304), and fellow Big South foe Winthrop, who finished fifth with a 45-over par 909 (293-301-315).
Two other Big South programs were among the dozen programs in the field. Charleston Southern finished ninth with a 72-over par 936 (315-301-320), and Presbyterian College, who finished last with a 101-over par 965 (330-315-320).
The team victory was Liberty's first of the 2012-13 and the 22nd Division I team tournament win in program history.
Lindstrom carded his second straight, sub-par round to claim his second career individual medalist honor. Last year, the junior took first place with a five-under par 139 (68-71) at the Trojan Fall Classic.
Lindstrom made the turn at one-under par, but fell back to level par with a bogey at No. 12. However, he was able to card birdies on No. 15 and No. 18 to finish the tournament with a three-under par 213 (73-70-70).
Lindstrom won the tournament by six strokes over four players, including three teammates. The only non-Liberty player to tie for second place was South Carolina's Jimmy Beck, who carded a three-over par 219 (75-74-70).
Chase Marinell (71-74-74), Ian McConnell (68-74-77) and Max McKay (72-72-75) each followed Beck and were six shots off of Lindstrom's pace.
Marinell offset three bogeys with a birdie on No. 11 to close with a two-over par 74. McConnell, who led following the first day, had three birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey during his final round to close with a five-over par 77.
McKay led all of Liberty's players with four birdies on the day, but the senior also had five bogeys and a double bogey to finish the two-day event with a three-over par 75.
Liberty's final golfer in the field was Mathieu Fenasse, who finished tied for 40th place with an 18-over par 234 (78-77-79).
Lindstrom's victory marked the 21st Division I individual medalist honors in program history and the first since Robert Karlsson finished tied for first at last year's NCAA Greensboro Regional.
Winthrop began the final round in third place after playing 36 holes on the opening day. Senior Kamito Hirai opened the tournament on Monday with a 3-under par 69, but could not keep up that pace as he shot 77 and 79 to finish at 9-over 225 and tied for 11th place. Senior Cameron Bell also finished in the top 20 as he tied for 18th place at 228 (73-77-78). Sophomore Taylor Dickson tied for 31st position as he finished with a 231 (75-75-81). Freshman Nick Eberhardt shot 233 (77-72-84) to finish tied for 36th place while junior Walt Todd tied for 40th place after shooting 234 (76-81-77).
Charleston Southern combined for a 320 during a high-scoring final round to take ninth. CSU sophomore Jarrett Swan finished tied for 23rd after a 79 in the final round for the Bucs' low score of the day. He finished the tournament at 229.
The majority of the field struggled with the wet and windy conditions on Tuesday. Only four golfers broke par. Junior Ross Thomson was one of those who struggled with the elements and slipped to 28th after a strong opening 36 holes. He started the day seventh.
Sophomore Choo Teck Ng had one of Tuesday's best rounds with a 76. He climbed 12 spots to finish 31st. Nicolas Baena finished tied for 56th after an 84 in his final round, while sophomore James Canaday was 62nd after closing the tournament with an 88.
PC sophomore Samuel Jackson led the Blue Hose with a score of 236 (83, 76, 77) and 43rd place. Sophomore Charlie Smiley finished tied for 49th at 242 (83, 79, 80). Senior Matt Sizemore recovered slightly during round three to finish at 246 (81, 84, 81) and tied for 56th with sophomore Harrison Vance who shot rounds of 83, 81, and 82. Freshman Davis Parker finished his first collegiate tournament one stroke back at 247 (84, 79, 84) in 60th place.
The Flames will close out the fourth and final team event of their fall schedule on Oct. 13 and 14 when Liberty travels to Durham, N.C., to participate in Duke's Rod Myers Invitational. Winthrop heads to Atlanta on Oct. 15-16 for the Autotrader.com Collegiate.
The Blue Hose will next play at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate hosted by Appalachian State at the Mimosa Hills Country Club from October 14-16. The Bucs return to action Oct. 14-16 at the Kenny Perry Invitational hosted by Western Kentucky. The 54-hole event is held at The Club at Old Stone in Alvaton, Ky.
LONGWOOD FINISHES NINTH AT CHAMPS/PATRIOT INTERCOLLEGIATE
Longwood University posted a final round of 296 Sunday in men's golf for a 54-hole score of 907 (311-300-296) to finish ninth among 13 teams at the CHAMP/Patriot Intercollegiate hosted by George Mason University of the Colonial Athletic Association and played at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton.
The University of Missouri of the Southeastern Conference won the tournament with its score of 290-276-283--849 at the 7,010-yard, par 71 layout, while Missouri's Jace Long took individual medalist honors at four-under-par 73-69-67--209.
Sophomore Jason Schumacher led the Lancers with his score of 75-74-72--221 that tied for 22nd among the field of 81. Schumacher was followed by junior Dylan Jensen (81-71-74--226, t-38th), freshmen Alex O'Dell (78-75-75--228, t-42nd) and Mason Carmel (82-80-75--237, 67th), along with sophomore Blake Carter (77-81-81--239, 72nd). Jensen tied for first among the tournament field in eagles (1) and tied for fifth in par five scoring (-4, 4.67).
Missouri was followed among the top-10 by Pennsylvania (873), Villanova (874), Hofstra (877), Delaware (880), James Madison (887), Towson (896), Lafayette (898), Longwood (907) and host George Mason (909).
Longwood will play again at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate on October 15-16, a 54-hole event hosted by Appalachian State University in Morganton, N.C.