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Paladins Tie For Fourth At Furman Intercollegiate

Keller Harper
Keller Harper

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sophomore Keller Harper (-2) carded a 70 to tie for ninth and lead the Furman men's golf team to a fourth-place finish Sunday at the 49th Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

The Paladins placed three players in the top 20 including Harper, who hails from Atlanta, Ga.  He started on No. 4 in Sunday's shotgun start and scored consecutive birdies on No. 5 and No. 6 to turn at two-under then added a birdie on No. 13 and a final birdie on No. 2, ending the day seven strokes behind individual medalist Phillip Knowles (-9) of North Florida, who posted a three-day total of 66-71-70=207 for the win.

Sophomore Scott Purvis (+1) tied for 16th after firing a 71 in Sunday's final round.  He birdied five of his last six holes, including four-straight from No. 1 through No. 4.  Junior Connor Bruns (+2) carded an even 72 on Sunday to tie for 20th.  He recorded consecutive birdies on No. 1 and No. 2 and again on No. 8 and No. 8. 

Sophomore Garrison Hogan (+10) scored a final-round 80 with a birdie on No. 11 to tie for 58th, and sophomore Jake Reilly (+21) carded an 82 with back-to-back birdies on No. 1 and No. 2, tying for 106th.

Six Paladins played as individuals.  Sophomore Matt Lehman (-4) posted a 73 with a birdie on No. 14 in the final round, tying for third to lead all individuals.  Sophomore Stephen Reynolds (+6) tied for 32nd after scoring five birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 2 and No. 3, while senior Hunter Nichols (+7) carded a 74 with three birdies, tying for 42nd. 

Junior Adam Garrett (+8) finished in a tie for 48th.  He recorded a 76 with birdies on No. 2 and No. 18 in the final round.  Junior Raj Ghosh (+15) scored a 74 with consecutive birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 and an additional birdie on No. 5 to tie for 86th.  Junior Clayte Hubbard (+20) added an 86 with a birdie on No. 2 in the final round to tie for 101st.

"I'm really proud of how the team played today in some pretty tough conditions," said Furman head coach Todd Satterfield after the tournament.  "We played well all week and seem to be peaking as we get closer to the SoCon Championship."

No. 28 North Florida (-17) won the tournament by 18 strokes over West Virginia (-1).  Virginia Tech (+3) finished in third, while the Paladins (+11) tied for fourth with tenth-ranked USC Aiken (+11).

Furman will compete at the Clemson Invitational April 13-15 in Sunset, S.C.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

T4 Furman 295 287 293 875 +11

T3 Matt Lehman* 74 65 73 212 -4

T9 Keller Harper 75 69 70 214 -2

T16 Scott Purvis 72 74 71 217 +1

T20 Connor Bruns 74 72 72 218 +2

T32 Stephen Reynolds* 71 75 76 222 +6

T42 Hunter Nichols* 71 78 74 223 +7

T48 Adam Garrett* 76 72 76 224 +8

T58 Garrison Hogan 74 72 80 226 +10

T86 Raj Ghosh* 81 76 74 231 +15

T101 Clayte Hubbard* 73 77 86 236 +20

T106 Jake Reilly 78 77 82 237 +21

* - playing as an individual