PINEHURST, N.C. – Junior Michael Borton (+4) carded a 73 on Monday to tie for 11th place and lead the Furman men's golf team following two days of competition at the 2014 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at the par-72, 7,122 yard National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C.
Seeking their first title since 2010, the Paladins (+23) are in sixth place heading into the final around of play, as leader Western Carolina (E) fired a 282 as a team on Monday to pull away from Georgia Southern (+4) and Chattanooga (+4).
Borton recorded a birdie on No. 2 and made the turn at one-over before birdieing two holes on the back to maintain the one-stroke margin. Paladin freshman Bryce Howell (+5) is tied for 17th after scoring a 74 with a birdie on No. 15 in Monday's round, and sophomore Preston Heyward (+7) birdied No. 17 to notch a 79 in the second round, placing him in a tie for 26th.
Sophomores Wehman Hopke (+9) and Preston Cole (+9) and tied for 31st entering Tuesday's final round. Hopke birdied No. 8 and No. 10 to score a 77 in round two, while Cole carded an 80 with birdies on No. 4 and No. 15 on Monday.
Western Carolina's J.T. Poston (-10) maintains the individual lead after firing a 66 on Monday. Poston, who is ranked 13th nationally, eagled the par-5 No. 8 and registered five birdies on the day to lead Roy Dixon (-2) and Carter Jenkins (-2) of UNC Greensboro by eight strokes entering the final day of play.
The Paladins will begin the final round of the tournament on Tuesday, teeing off of No. 1 at 8 a.m.
The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA regional, while the individual medalist will also earn an automatic regional qualification.
Fans can follow live scoring for the tournament by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com or at www.GolfStatResults.com.
2014 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship
National Golf Club
Par-72, 7,122 yards
Top 10 individuals
1 J.T. Poston, Western Carolina 68-66=134
T2 Carter Jenkins, UNCG 72-70=142
T2 Roy Dixon, UNCG 71-71=142
T4 Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern 77-66=143
T4 Chris Robb, Chattanooga 74-69=143
T4 Will Evans, Georgia Southern 71-72=143
T4 Richard Fountain, Davidson 75-68=143
8 Tyler Lail, Western Carolina 73-71=144
T9 Charlie Martin, Georgia Southern 75-70=145
T9 David Sargent, Davidson 70-75=145
1 Western Carolina 294-282=576
2 Georgia Southern 296-284=580
3 Chattanooga 297-284=581
4 UNCG 300-285=585
5 Davidson 294-293=587
6 Furman 296-303=599
7 Wofford 306-303=609
8 Elon 316-294=610
9 Samford 314-304=618
10 Appalachian State 310-310=620
6 Furman 296 303 599+8
T11 Michael Borton 75 73 148 +4
T17 Bryce Howell 75 74 149 +5
T26 Preston Heyward 73 79 152 +8
T31 Wehman Hopke 76 77 153 +9
T31 Preston Cole 73 80 153 +9