JONESBOROUGH, TENN. -- Sophomore Wehman Hopke (E) fired a 68 on Sunday to lead Furman in the final round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the par 72 7,147 yard Blackthorn Club at The Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Hopke, who finished the tournament tied for 26th, teed off of No. 10 and registered back-to-back birdies on his first two holes and an additional birdie on 14. On the front nine, he recorded consecutive birdies on four and five.
Freshman Bryce Howell (-2) led Furman on the individual leaderboard, finishing tied for 18th overall after carding a 75 in Sunday's final round. Howell, who notched birdies on 14 and 16, concluded the tournament 11 strokes behind individual medalist Scott Vincent (-13) of Virginia Tech, who fired at 67 in the tournament's opening round then carded a 68 in each of the next two rounds.
Junior Michael Borton (+4) shot a 76 with three birdies on Sunday to tie for 40th overall, while sophomore Preston Heyward (+7) fired his best round of the season to place 53rd, carding a 70 with a birdie on 10 to open the round and recording consecutive birdies on 8 and 9 to end the tournament. Sophomore Preston Cole (+17) tallied a 74 with two birdies in Sunday's final round to place 69th.
#14 Virginia (-13), who entered Sunday's final round in third place, shot a 275 in the final round to take a two-stroke win over 13th-ranked Virginia Tech (-11). #17 Kent State (-20) placed third, while ETSU (-12) and Wake Forest (-8) rounded out the top five.
The Paladins will begin competition in the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic in Duluth, Ga., beginning tomorrow morning. A shotgun start is slated for 8:30 a.m., with Furman teeing off of holes five through nine. Round two will begin Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., with a second shotgun start from the same holes. Live tournament scoring will be available via www.golfstat.com.
T10 Furman 292 292 287 871 +7
T18 Bryce Howell 67 72 75 214 -2
T26 Wehman Hopke 73 75 68 216 E
T40 Michael Borton 74 70 76 220 +4
53 Preston Heyward 78 75 70 223 +7
69 Preston Cole 80 79 74 223 +17