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Paladins To Entertain 20 Teams At 49th Annual Furman Intercollegiate This Weekend

Garrison Hogan
Garrison Hogan

Greenville, S.C. – The Furman men's golf team will entertain 20 teams at the 49th Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 23-25, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.

This year's field includes the host Paladins, Akron, Charleston Southern, Dartmouth, Francis Marion, Furman, Gardner-Webb, Harvard, High Point, James Madison, Marshall, North Florida, Presbyterian, Samford, Temple, USC Aiken, USC Upstate, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wichita State, Winthrop, and Yale.

Round one of the 54-hole tournament tees off on Friday morning at 8:40 a.m. with second round play slated for Saturday and final round action scheduled to begin with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday morning.  

On Friday, Furman will tee off of No. 10 beginning at 12:40 p.m., then on Saturday, the Paladins will tee off of No. 1 beginning with the individuals at 8:40 a.m. and the team at 9:20 a.m.  Furman will play in a group with Dartmouth and West Virginia during the first and second rounds.

The Paladin lineup will include juniors Connor Bruns and Garrison Hogan, and sophomores Keller Harper, Scott Purvis, and Jake Reilly.  Senior Hunter Nichols, juniors Adam Garrett, Raj Ghosh, and Clayte Hubbard, and sophomores Matt Lehman and Stephen Reynolds will compete as individuals.

Clemson carded a tournament best 835 over the three rounds to win last year's tournament by 14 strokes over second-place USC Aiken.  The Tigers' Carson Young garnered individual medalist honors, scoring a 70-68-67=205, for a one-stroke win.

The Furman University Golf Course was designed by Richard K. Webel of Long Island, N.Y., and Walter Cosby, superintendent of grounds and greens at the Greenbriar Hotel and Golf Resort.  The course was redesigned by Kris Spence in 2010.   Since the late 1970s, the course has been the site of two outstanding college tournaments, the Furman Intercollegiate and the Lady Paladin Invitational. In addition, the course hosts a number of local and state tournaments.

Through the years, a number of familiar names have played the course and participated in the Furman Intercollegiate. Past winners include Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade, Matt Kuchar and Furman's own Brad Faxon.  LPGA stars Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Sherri Turner and Dottie Pepper, plus Faxon and current Furman men's golf assistant and former Web.com Tour player Matt Davidson all played their collegiate golf on the course as members of the Furman golf teams.  

Fans can log on to www.furmanpaladins.com or www.golfstatresults.com to follow live scoring during all three rounds.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information