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Hopke Finishes 16th At 46th Annual Furman Intercollegiate

Wehman Hopke
Wehman Hopke

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Wehman Hopke (+1) carded a 71 to tie for 19th place to lead the Furman men's golf team in the final round of the 46th Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. 

Hopke birdied No. 6 for an even 36 on the front and added two additional birdies on the back, finishing the round 11 strokes behind individual medalist Brandon Matthews of Temple, who carded a 72-66-68=206 for the tournament.

Georgia State (-6) led the field with a 288 on Sunday, carding a 290-280-288=858 for the tournament, to beat second-place Jacksonville (+10) by 16 strokes for the team win.  #46 Troy (+11) was third, followed by Francis Marion (+12) and Temple (+12) who tied for fourth.  The Paladins (+29) tied with Wofford (+29) for 12th place.

Sophomore Bryce Howell (+2) birdied No. 9 to tie for 19th after carding a 76 on Sunday, while junior Preston Cole (+8), who scored consecutive birdies on No. 14 and 15 and added another birdie on No. 6, tied for 44th after carding a 75 in the final round.  Freshman Adam Garrett (+18) recorded three-straight birdies on No. 1, 2, and 3 to card a final-round 75, tying for 92nd, and junior Preston Heyward (+23) scored a 77 with a birdie on No. 6 on tie for 104th.

Redshirt freshman Alex Taylor (+8), the Paladins' top individual at the tournament, tied with Cole for 44th after scoring back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and 7 and adding an additional birdie on No. 12 to card a 73 in the final round of play.

Furman will compete at the Wofford Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., April 13-14.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

T12 Furman 300 296 297 893 +29

T16 Wehman Hopke 70 76 71 217 +1

T19 Bryce Howell 71 71 76 218 +2

T44 Preston Cole 77 72 75 224 +8

T92 Adam Garrett 82 77 75 234 +18

T104 Preston Heyward 83 79 77 239 +23

T44 Alex Taylor* 73 78 73 224 +8

T83 Hunter Nichols* 74 80 78 232 +16

T97 Michael Borton* 81 74 81 236 +20

T106 Harrison Brink* 77 81 82 240 +24

T111 Rob Knight* 79 81 85 245 +29

T112 Billy Shuman* 88 81 79 248 +32

* - playing as an individual