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Hopke Ties For Sixth In Opening Day Of Furman Intercollegiate

Wehman Hopke
Wehman Hopke

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 and

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