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Furman To Open 2015 Spring Season At Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate

Furman Men's Golf
Furman Men's Golf

GREENVILLE, S.C. --  The Furman men's golf team will open the 2015 spring season Monday at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate at the par 72, 6,828 yard Wexford Plantation course on Hilton Head Island. 

The 54-hole tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.  Both days will begin with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m.

Furman will be joined in the field by Austin Peay State, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Cleveland State, Dayton, Elon, Francis Marion, Georgia Southern, Ohio, Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond, Tennessee Tech, USC Aiken, Virginia Commonwealth, Western Carolina, Wofford, and William & Mary.

"The guys are really excited to get the spring season underway," said Furman head coach Todd Satterfield, who is in his 19th year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "This course will be a good test for us, and hopefully we will get some good weather in Hilton Head.  I think it's important for us to get off to a good start, because we have several key tournaments coming up over the next few weeks, and we need to build on the success we had in the fall."

Furman's lineup for the tournament includes sophomore Bryce Howell, juniors Wehman Hopke, Preston Heyward, and Preston Cole, plus freshman Hunter Nichols.  

Howell led the Paladins with a 70.3 stroke average over 12 rounds during the 2014 fall season after firing a low round of 65 in the opening round of the Golfweek Program Challenge.  He also notched a 66 in the first round of the Tar Heel Collegiate and recorded a 69 on three different occasions during the fall season.  Cole was second on the Paladin team with a 71.9 average over 12 rounds, after carding a 67 in the final round of the Camden Collegiate Invitational.

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information