Aiken, S.C. – The Furman men's golf team posted a first round 295 and second round 299 to hold a share of 12th place after 36 holes in the 16th Annual Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the par-70 Palmetto Golf Club on Monday.
Freshman Preston Cole (+9), senior Matt Brown (+9) and freshman Wehman Hopke (+9) are all tied for a share of 43rd place at nine-over par through two rounds. Cole, a Riverside High School product, fired a first round 71 before shooting 78 in the afternoon. Brown followed a four-over 74 in the morning round with a 75 in the afternoon while Hopke recovered from a nine-over first round to shoot 70 in round two.
Third place Matthew NeSmith of the University of South Carolina posted rounds of 68 and 69 to lead the Gamecocks (+10) to a one-stroke lead over North Carolina State (+11) after 36 holes. Augusta State (+14) and Virginia (+14) are tied for third place with Clemson (+17) and Liberty (+17) tied for fifth.
After a first round 71, Virginia's Mac McLaughlin shot a six-under 64 in the afternoon to grab the individual lead in a field that includes 18 teams and 90 players.
Final round action at the Palmetto Golf Club is set for Tuesday morning.
T12 Furman 295 299 594
T43 Preston Cole 71 78 149
T43 Matt Brown 74 75 149
T43 Wehman Hopke 79 70 149
T52 Anthony Aloi 74 77 151
T65 Johnny Kyger 76 77 153