PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. -- Freshman Bryce Howell (+1) fired an opening-round 74 and a 71 in the day's second round to lead Furman Monday in the team's spring season opener at The Hayt Collegiate Invitational at the par 72, 7,001 yard Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Opening round play was suspended Sunday due to inclement weather then darkness and resumed on Monday. Second round play followed immediately after the conclusion of the first round.
Howell, who enters Tuesday's final round tied for 22nd place, birdied four holes on the front nine in each of the first two rounds to finish the day ten strokes behind leader Sam Love of UAB, who carded a 67 in the opening round and a 68 in Monday's second round.
Paladin sophomore Preston Cole (+2) carded a 70 in Monday's second round after eagling the par-five eighth-hole and recording birdies on No. 1 and No. 11 to finish the day tied for 27th, just one stroke back of Howell. Senior Greg Carrier (+14) recovered with a 74 in the second round, notching two birdies to move into 78th place, just one stroke ahead of sophomore Wehman Hopke (+15), who combined for three birdies in the tournament's first two rounds to place 79th.
Sophomore Preston Heyward (+17) registered two birdies in each round to enter Tuesday tied for 82nd place, while junior Michael Borton (+16), playing as an individual, shot an 80 in each round to tie for 80th place.
#2 Oklahoma State (-13) leads #6 UCF (-10) by three strokes heading into Tuesday's final round. #13 UAB (-6), North Texas (+1), and GRU Augusta (+6) round out the top five teams.
The Paladins will tee off at 8:54 a.m. on Tuesday from hole number ten in the tournament's final round. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live scoring will be available at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/indexh.cfm?tournament_id=4945.
T13 Furman 300 303 603
T22 Bryce Howell (5) 74 71 145
T27 Preston Cole (3) 70 76 146
78 Greg Carrier (2) 84 74 158
79 Wehman Hopke (1) 77 82 159
T82 Preston Heyward (4) 79 82 161
T80 Michael Borton* 80 80 160
*-Playing as an individual