JONESBOROUGH, TENN. -- Junior Michael Borton (E) carded a 70 on Saturday to lead Furman in the second round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the par 72 7,147 yard Blackthorn Club at The Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn. Borton recorded three birdies on the day to move into a tie for 24th place heading into Sunday's final round.
Freshman Bryce Howell (-5) paces the Paladins on the individual leaderboard, entering the tournament's final round in a tie for sixth after shooting an even 72 on Saturday. Howell, who registered birdies on 8, 10, and 13, is four strokes behind leaders Derek Bard (-9) of Virginia and Scott Vincent (-9) of Virginia Tech.
Sophomore Wehman Hopke (+4) fired a 75 with two birdies on Saturday to enter the final round tied for 46th, while sophomore Preston Heyward (+9) also shot a 75 in the second round, notching four birdies on the day, including a birdie on No. 8 and consecutive birdies on 10 and 11. Heyward is tied for 60th entering Sunday's round. Sophomore Preston Cole (+15) shot a 79 on Saturday to move into 70th place.
"Overall, I'm pleased with our progress, but we are still making some mistakes that we shouldn't be making," said Furman head coach Todd Satterfield after Saturday's round. "We really need to be more competitive."
17th-ranked Kent State (-12) surged into the lead after registering a 279 in Saturday's round to take a two-stroke lead over 13th-ranked Virginia Tech (-10). #14 Virginia (-9) stands in third place entering Sunday's final round.
The Paladins (+8), who rank tenth out of 14 teams entering the tournament's final round, will tee off of No. 10 Sunday at 10 a.m. Live tournament scoring will be available via www.golfstat.com.
10 Furman 292 292 584 +8
T6 Bryce Howell 67 72 139 -5
T24 Michael Borton 74 70 144 E
T46 Wehman Hopke 73 75 148 +4
T60 Preston Heyward 78 75 153 +9
70 Preston Cole 80 79 159 +15