Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's golf team will host the 43rd Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 16-18, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
This year's 21-team field includes the host Paladins, Charleston Southern, two-time defending Furman Intercollegiate champions Clemson, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Elon, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia, Georgia State, Marshall, Michigan, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
Clemson claimed its second consecutive Furman Intercollegiate title in 2011 as the Tigers posted a tournament-record final round of 272 to compile a three-round 848. Purdue's William Sjaichudin (65-69-72=206) captured individual medalist honors.
This year's field features three of the top 50 teams in the country in this week's Golf Week/Sagarin Rankings. Clemson comes into the weekend at No. 13 with Georgia ranked 22nd and Purdue ranked 37th. The Boilermakers are led by 20th-ranked Tyler Duncan while Clemson's Corbin Mills is ranked 21st in the nation.
The Furman University Golf Course was designed by Richard K. Webel of Long Island, N.Y., and Walter Cosby, superintendent of grounds and greens at the Greenbriar Hotel and Golf Resort.
Since the late 1970s, the course has been the site of two outstanding college tournaments, the Furman Intercollegiate and the Lady Paladin Invitational. In addition, the course hosts a number of local and state tournaments.
Through the years, a number of familiar names have played the course and participated in the Furman Intercollegiate. Past winners include Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade, Matt Kuchar and Furman's own Brad Faxon. LPGA stars Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Sherri Turner and Dottie Pepper all played their collegiate golf on the course as members of the Furman women's golf team.
Round one of the 54-hole tournament tees off on Friday morning at 8 a.m. with second round play slated for Saturday and final round action scheduled to begin on Sunday morning.
Fans can log on to www.furmanpaladins.com or www.golfstatresults.com to follow live scoring during all three rounds.
"One Spirit. One Team. One Furman."