DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Junior Keller Harper (-7) posted two rounds under par to grab a share of the individual lead, while Furman (+3) sits in third place following the first day of the River Run Collegiate at the par 72, 7,317 yard River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C.
Harper, a native of Atlanta, Ga., carded four birdies on the front in Monday's first round to turn at four-under, then added an additional birdie on No. 14 for an opening-round 68. He added a 69 with two birdies on each side in the afternoon round to conclude the day at 68-69=137, tying for the individual lead with Davidson's Jack Lang, who recorded rounds of 67 and 70 on Monday.
Senior Connor Bruns (-3) is in fourth place after the first day of play. In the first round, he scored three-straight birdies from No. 4 through No. 6 then added two additional birdies on No. 15 and No. 16, firing a 68 in the day's opening round. In the second round, Bruns carded a 73 with birdies on No. 8 and No. 17.
Freshman Owen Burden (+4) notched rounds of 75 and 73 to tie for 25th. In the second round, he scored four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 1 and No. 2 to end the round. Senior Garrison Hogan (+10) scored an 82 in round one and improved to an even 72 in round two, scoring a birdie on No. 18 in each round, to tie for 47th. Junior Matt Lehman (+16) tallied an 81 with a birdie on No. 12 in round one and recorded a 79 with three birdies in the afternoon round, tying for 71st.
Senior Raj Ghosh, who is playing as an individual, enters the final round tied for 40th. He scored a 78 with a birdie on No. 1 in the first round of the day, and recorded a 75 with three birdies on the front in the afternoon.
Charlotte (+1) leads the field by just one stroke after Monday's play. Davidson (+2) is in second, only one stroke ahead of the Paladins (+3). James Madison (+6) is in fourth, and Richmond (+17) completes the top five.
Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday in the final round of the 54-hole tournament and will play in a group with Charlotte, Davidson, and James Madison. Admission 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
3 Furman 292 287 579 +3
T1 Keller Harper 68 69 137 -7
4 Connor Bruns 68 73 141 -3
T25 Owen Burden 75 73 148 +4
T47 Garrison Hogan 82 72 154 +10
T71 Matt Lehman 81 79 160 +16
T40 Raj Ghosh* 78 75 153 +9
*-playing as an individual