GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Senior Bryce Howell (-1) fired an opening round 71 to tie for 17th place to lead the Furman men's golf team in the first round of the 48th Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
Howell, who hails from Blythewood, S.C., recorded five birdies to finish the round one under par, while junior Hunter Nichols (+1) is tied for 48th after notching a 73 with three birdies on Friday. Freshman Stephen Reynolds (+3) added a 75 with three birdies, and sophomore Connor Bruns (+4) and freshman Keller Harper (+4) each carded a 76 in round one. Bruns tallied three birdies, and Harper posted birdies on holes 2 and 15.
Redshirt-freshman Jake Reilly (-1), the Paladins' top individual after the first round of play, is tied for 17th after firing a one-under 71 on Friday. Reilly notched a team-high six birdies, including three-straight on holes 14, 15, and 16. Sophomores Adam Garrett (+3) and Garrison Hogan (+3) each scored a 75 in round one. Garrett, who eagled the par-5 No. 11, also added two birdies, and Hogan recorded birdies on No. 2 and No. 11.
Brett Baron (-9) of Georgia Southern holds the individual lead after setting a new tournament record with a first-round 63.
Georgia Southern (-9) leads 17th-ranked Clemson (-8) by one stroke after scoring an opening round 279. Wofford (-7) sits in third, followed by Western Carolina (-5) in fourth place. Dartmouth (-3) and Wichita State (-3) round out the top five. The Paladins (+7) are in 14th place after Friday's round.
Furman will tee off of No. 1 at 9:40 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
14 Furman 295 +7
T17 Bryce Howell 71 -1
T48 Hunter Nichols 73 +1
T76 Stephen Reynolds 75 +3
T90 Connor Bruns 76 +4
T90 Keller Harper 76 +4
T17 Jake Reilly* 71 -1
T76 Adam Garrett* 75 +3
T76 Garrison Hogan* 75 +3
T90 Scott Purvis* 76 +4
T104 Stephen Cerbara* 77 +5
T120 Matt Lehman* 81 +9
127 Clayte Hubbard* 84 +12
* - playing as an individual