VALENTINE, NEB. -- Sophomore Connor Bruns (E) is tied for 15th to lead the Furman men's golf team following the opening day of the 2016-17 season at the Jackrabbit at the par 72, 7,785 yard Prairie Club in Valentine, Neb. Because high winds cancelled Sunday's round, the teams attempted to play two rounds on Monday, but the second round was halted due to darkness with three Paladin players still on the course.
Bruns carded three birdies for a 73 in the morning round then scored an eagle on the par-5 No. 3 and added two more birdies for a 71 in the afternoon. Bruns is tied for 15th place entering Sunday's final round. Doc Redman (-10) of Clemson leads the field after firing a nine-under 63 in the first round to set a new course record and is one-under with 12 holes complete in the second round.
Paladin senior Bryce Howell (+4) is tied for 34th entering Tuesday's play. Howell paced the Paladins with four birdies in a six-hole span on the front in the first round, scoring a one-over 73. He is three-over after birdieing No. 3 in round two.
Redshirt freshman Jake Reilly (+5) is tied for 40th and is even in the second round with three holes to play after recording three birdies. Freshman Stephen Reynolds (+8) enters Tuesday's competition tied for 50th. Reynolds has a team-best four birdies through 12 holes in round two. Rookie Liam McGrath (+10) scored two birdies in each round on Monday and is tied for 52nd.
South Dakota State (-13) leads the field, while Clemson (-10) is three strokes back in second place. Missouri (-9) completes the top three. Furman (+15) enters Tuesday's rounds in ninth place.
The final round of the 54-hole tournament is scheduled for Tuesday. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT with the completion of the second round. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information