Cole Ties For 15th At Hayt Collegiate Invitational

Preston Cole

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. -- Sophomore Preston Cole (+1) fired a final round 71 to tie for 15th, leading Furman Tuesday at The Hayt Collegiate Invitational at the par 72, 7,001 yard Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Cole, a native of Greer, S.C. and a product of Riverside High, teed off of No. 10 and birdied four holes on the back and one on the front, posting a career-best 15th-place finish for the tournament.  Freshman Bryce Howell (+4) carded a 75 with two birdies on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 30th.  

Sophomore Wehman Hopke (+21) shot a 78 in the final round after birdieing No. 18, tying with junior Michael Borton (+21) for 78th.  Borton, who played as an individual, registered three birdies on Tuesday, carding a 77 in the tournament's final round.  Sophomore Preston Heyward (+24) placed 83rd after recording a final-round 79, just one spot ahead of senior Greg Carrier (+29) who finished 84th.

#2 Oklahoma State (-19) set a new tournament record with a 54-hole score of 845 (282-281-282), beating #6 UCF (-9) by ten strokes.  #13 UAB (-5), North Texas (+6), and Troy (+14) rounded out the top five teams.  UCF's Greg Eason (-11) claimed individual medalist honors, setting a new tournament record with a 54-hole score of 205 (71-65-69).  

The Paladins will compete at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C., March 10-11.

 

14 Furman 300 303 303 906 +42

T15 Preston Cole (3) 70 76 71 217 +1

T30 Bryce Howell (5) 74 71 75 220 +4

T78 Wehman Hopke (1) 77 82 78 237 +21

83 Preston Heyward (4) 79 82 79 240 +24

84 Greg Carrier (2) 84 74 87 245 +29

T78 Michael Borton 80 80 77 237 +21

*-Playing as an individual