GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Wehman Hopke (-2) fired a 70 to tied for sixth place to lead the Furman men's golf team in the opening round of the 46th Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
Hopke (-2) birdied two holes on the front and two on the back, finishing the round just three strokes back of Nick Torrance (-5) of Jacksonville and Brandon Robinson-Thompson (-5) of USC Aiken, who each carded a 67 on Friday to tie for the individual lead.
USC Aiken (-4) leads the field with a 284, two strokes ahead of Jacksonville (-2). #46 Troy (E) is third, while Georgia State (+2) and Akron (+2) are tied for fourth. The Paladins (+12) are tied with Davidson (+12) and Marshall (+12) for 11th place following Friday's round.
Sophomore Bryce Howell (-1) scored three birdies on the front, including consecutive birdies on No. 5 and No. 6, then added two additional birdies on the back for first-round 71 to tie for ninth following one round of play, while junior Preston Cole (+5), who eagled the par-5 No. 15, recorded two birdies to tie for 70th after posting a 77 on Friday.
Freshman Adam Garrett (+10) notched birdies on No. 2 and No. 12 to tie for 106th after carding an 82 in the opening round, and junior Preston Heyward (+11) carded an 83 in the first round with birdies on No. 1 and No. 15 to enter Saturday's second round tied for 110th.
Redshirt freshman Alex Taylor (+1), the Paladins' top individual after the first round of play, is tied for 30th after birdieing No. 2 and No. 7 on the front and No. 13 on the back for a 73 in Friday's round.
Furman (+12) will tee off of No. 1 at 8 a.m. on Saturday in the second round of the 54-hole tournament. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T11 Furman 300 +12
T6 Wehman Hopke 70 -2
T9 Bryce Howell 71 -1
T70 Preston Cole 77 +5
T106 Adam Garrett 82 +10
T110 Preston Heyward 83 +11
T30 Alex Taylor* 73 +1
T44 Hunter Nichols* 74 +2
T70 Harrison Brink* 77 +5
T87 Rob Knight* 79 +7
T100 Michael Borton* 81 +9
T114 Billy Shuman* 88 +16
* - playing as an individual