August 8, 2014

Furman's Cole To Compete At U.S. Amateur Championship

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's Preston Cole will begin competition Monday at the 114th United States Amateur Championship, to be held August 11-17, at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.  He will tee off of No. 1 on the Highlands Course Monday at 1:45 p.m. and will open play on Tuesday on No. 10 of the Riverside Course at 8:50 a.m. 

Cole, who recently competed his sophomore season on the Paladin team, captured medalist honors by one stroke with a two-under 68 at Brookside Country Club in North Canton, Ohio, last month to qualify for the event.  

"I am very proud of Preston and wish him the best," said Furman head coach Todd Satterfield.  "He's been working hard and is playing very well.  He should have a terrific tournament."

A native of Greer, S.C., Cole competed in all 11 of the Paladins' tournaments as a sophomore during the 2013-14 season, tying for the Furman lead with a 75.2 stroke average over 33 rounds.  He was the Paladins' top finisher in four tournaments and recorded top 25 finishes in three tournaments over the course of the year.  

Last season Cole fired a career-best 69 in the final round of the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic to tie for 25th place then tied for 15th at the Hayt Collegiate Invitational, a career-best finish.  He scored a career-best 217 over three rounds at both the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic and the Hayt Collegiate Invitational.  Cole was named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and the SoCon Academic All-Conference team.

"I am very excited to experience a U.S. Amateur, especially at such a historic course," said Cole.  "I have been working hard and feel good going into the tournament.  My main goals are to represent my team well and represent everything that Furman golf stands for, as well as to just enjoy this experience.  I want to make match play and then continue to play well."

More than 300 golfers will open play at the U.S. Amateur with 36 holes of match play August 11-12.  The top 64 players following the second day of stroke play will advance to match play.  Each round of match play will be televised by the Golf Channel.

Follow www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.Twitter.com/FurmanPaladins for updates on Cole's progress at the U.S. Amateur.