Furman Golf To Host 44th Annual Furman Intercollegiate This Weekend
Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's golf team will host the 44th Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 22-24, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
This year's 21-team field includes the host Paladins, Akron, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Dartmouth, East Tennessee State, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Iowa State, Marshall, North Florida, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
Three of the 21 teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation and eight are among the top 100 teams in this week's GolfWeek/Sagarin Rankings, led by No. 15 North Florida. The Ospreys' Kevin Phelan in ranked No. 6 in the country and teammate MJ Maguire is ranked No. 35, while Iowa State's Scott Fernandez enters the week at No. 24.
Clemson captured its third consecutive Furman Intercollegiate title last March with a 54-hole tournament record score of 26-under par. Coastal Carolina's Sebastian Soderberg (-12) fired three straight 68's to claim individual medalist honors at 12-under.
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.
The course was redesigned by Kris Spence in 2010.
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.