CAMDEN, S.C. -- Sophomore Jack Crosby (-2) made his collegiate debut on Saturday, posting two rounds under par to lead the Furman men's golf team to a share of the lead following the opening day of the Camden Collegiate Invitational at the par 70, 6,455 yard Camden Country Club in Camden, S.C.
Crosby, a native of Memphis, Tenn., fired a 69 in each of Saturday's two rounds. He paced the Paladins with four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 13 & No. 14, to pace the Paladins in the opening round then eagled the par-5 No. 13 and added two additional birdies in round two. Crosby enters Sunday's final round tied for third place, just two strokes back of Top Kamnark (-4) of USC Aiken, who posted rounds of 71-65=136 in the first day of the tournament.
Senior Scott Purvis (+2) and junior Keller Harper (+2) are tied for eighth place after the second round. Purvis carded a 69 with three birdies in the morning and scored a 73 with in the afternoon, while Harper notched a 71 with three birdies in each round.
Senior Connor Bruns (+5) shot a 73 with birdies on No. 10 and No. 13 in round one then recorded a 72 with a birdie on No. 12 in round two, tying for 16th, while freshman Owen Burden (+6) is tied for 20th after carding a 73 in each round on Saturday.
Senior Garrison Hogan (+1) and freshman Phil Jones (+11) are playing as individuals. Hogan is in seventh place after scoring a 69 with three birdies in the first round then tallying a 72 with an eagle on the par-5 No. 7 and a birdie on No. 13 in the afternoon. Jones carded a 73 with a birdie on No. 7 in the morning and added a 78 in the afternoon to tie for 44th.
Just four strokes separate the top four teams at the tournament. Furman (+7) and USC Aiken (+7) are tied for the lead heading into Sunday's final round, two strokes ahead of Francis Marion (+9). USC Upstate (+10) is in fourth, and Limestone (+17) completes the top five.
Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9:20 a.m. Sunday in the final round of the 54-hole tournament and will play in a group with USC Aiken and Francis Marion. Admission is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T1 Furman 282 285 567 +7
T3 Jack Crosby 69 69 138 -2
7 Garrison Hogan* 69 72 141 +1
T8 Scott Purvis 69 73 142 +2
T8 Keller Harper 71 71 142 +2
T16 Connor Bruns 73 72 145 +5
T20 Owen Burden 73 73 146 +6
T44 Phil Jones* 73 78 151 +11
*-playing as an individual