GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sophomore Wehman Hopke fired an opening-round 74 and a 77 in the day's second round to lead Furman Saturday in the team's season opener at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,242 yard UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Hopke, who enters Sunday's final round tied for 43rd place, birdied three holes on the front nine in Saturday's opening round to finish the day thirteen strokes back of leader Seth Reeves of Georgia Tech, who carded a 69 in both rounds on Saturday.
Paladin rookie Bryce Howell notched a 74 in Saturday's second round after eagling the par-five 17th-hole and recording a birdie on No. 4 to finish the day tied for 55th at +9. Junior Michael Borton shot a 76 in each round to tie for 50th place, while sophomore Preston Cole recovered from an opening-round 80 to fire a 75 in round two with birdies on holes 15 and 17.
"This was a disappointing start to the year," said Furman head coach Todd Satterfield. "I felt good about our preparation and the way we were playing entering the tournament, but we just didn't bring the same intensity today. We'll make a few adjustments for tomorrow and look to improve."
Georgia Tech holds a 15-stroke lead with a 12-under 564. North Carolina State is in second place at three-over par, and UNCG is third at six-over entering Sunday's final round.
The Paladins will tee off at 7:40 a.m. on Sunday from hole number ten in the tournament's final round. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
12 Furman 308 302 610
T43 Wehman Hopke 74 77 151
T50 Michael Borton 76 76 152
T55 Bryce Howell 79 74 153
T64 Preston Cole 80 75 155
66 Preston Heyward 79 77 156