March 26, 2014

Furman To Host 45th Annual Furman Intercollegiate This Weekend

The Return - Furman Intercollegiate Men's Golf

Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's golf team will host the 45th Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 28-30, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club. 

This year's 18-team field includes the host Paladins, Akron, Charleston Southern, Elon, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Marshall, Presbyterian, Samford, Temple, USC Upstate, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop, and Wofford.  Two of the 18 teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation in the latest's Golfstat Rankings, #37 Kennesaw State and #11 Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech captured its fourth Furman Intercollegiate title last March with a 54-hole total of 280-286-277=843, while Scott Fernandez of Iowa State and Drew Aimone of Samford shared individual medalist honors at seven-under par.  Fernandez, the second round co-leader, held on to a share of the lead with a 72 in the final round of play and Aimone climbed into the top spot with a five-under 67 in the tournament's third round.

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.