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Furman Men's Golf To Play At ETSU This Weekend

Furman Head Coach Matt Davidson & Connor Bruns
Furman Head Coach Matt Davidson & Connor Bruns

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's golf team will compete this weekend at the 21st Annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,147 yard Blackthorn Club at The Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.

The 54-hole event will begin on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with teams going off of No. 1 and No. 10.  Teams will also start on No. 1 and No. 10 at 8:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and will play in a group with Missouri and Kent State.

Furman has finished as runner-up in both Davidson's River Run Collegiate and at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, to start the 2018 fall season.  The Paladins will be joined in the 14-team field by Coastal Carolina, host East Tennessee State, East Carolina, No. 50 Kent State, 12th-ranked Louisville, Missouri, No. 15 Penn State, sixth-ranked Tennessee, UNC Wilmington, VCU, Villanova, Virginia Tech, and No. 44 Virginia.

The Paladin lineup includes seniors Connor Bruns and Scott Purvis, juniors Keller Harper and Matt Lehman, and freshman Owen Burden.  

Harper, the 2018 SoCon Men's Golf Player of the Year, won by winning individual medalist honors at the River Run Collegiate earlier in the season, marking the first individual win of his collegiate career and the first for the Paladins since 2014.  He leads the Paladins with a 70.3 stroke average over eight rounds this season, while Burden ranks second with a 71.9 stroke average over the same eight rounds.  Bruns, who joined Harper on the All-SoCon Team in 2018, is third on the Paladin team with a 72.0  stroke average over eight rounds.

"This is going to be a great event for us in Johnson City this week," said first-year Furman head coach Matt Davidson, who is being inducted into the Furman Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday evening.  "The Blackthorn Club is a very solid golf course, and the field is our strongest of the fall.  Fortunately, we come in with a lot of momentum and confidence so we're excited to get up there and test ourselves against some terrific teams."

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information