PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. -- Three Paladins are tied for 63rd place to lead the Furman men's golf team Friday in the opening day of the The Hayt Collegiate Invitational at the par 72, 6,976 yard Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Sophomore Bryce Howell (+8) and juniors Wehman Hopke (+8) and Preston Cole (+8) all carded an 80 in the opening round. Cole recorded three birdies on the day, while Howell and Hopke each notched two birdies in the tournament's opening round. #93 Tom Lovelady (-2) of Alabama leads the field after firing a 70 in Friday's round.
#29 North Florida (+8) is one stroke ahead of #26 Oklahoma State (+9) after the Ospreys scored an opening round 296. #16 UCLA (+11) is third, while #18 Alabama (+12) and #8 Texas (+13) complete the top five.
Second round play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live scoring will be available at http://www.golfstatresults.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
15 Furman 323
T63 Wehman Hopke 80
T63 Bryce Howell 80
T63 Preston Cole 80
T77 Alex Taylor 83
T86 Michael Borton 89