Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's golf team will host the 46th Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 27-29, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
This year's 18-team field includes the host Paladins, Akron, Chattanooga, Davidson, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Marshall, Presbyterian, Samford, Temple, Troy, USC Aiken, USC Upstate, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, and Wofford. Two of the 18 teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation in the latest's Golfstat Rankings, #34 Virginia Tech and #45 Troy.
Georgia State and Virginia Tech shared the Furman Intercollegiate title last March with a 54-hole total of 855, while Trevor Cone of Virginia Tech claimed individual medalist honors at 11-under par. Cone, who tied the tournament record with a two-round total of 66-69=135, posted a 70 on the final day to claim the title.
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. The course was redesigned by Kris Spence in 2010. 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, plus Faxon and Web.com Tour player Matt Davidson all played their collegiate golf on the course as members of the Furman golf teams.
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.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information