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Borton Tied For 11th Entering Final Day Of SoCon Championships

Michael Borton, Furman Assistant Coach Austin Reeves
Michael Borton, Furman Assistant Coach Austin Reeves

PINEHURST, N.C. – Junior Michael Borton (+4) carded a 73 on Monday to tie for 11th place and lead the Furman men's golf team following two days of competition at the 2014 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at the par-72, 7,122 yard National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C.  

Seeking their first title since 2010, the Paladins (+23) are in  sixth place heading into the final around of play, as leader Western Carolina (E) fired a 282 as a team on Monday to pull away from Georgia Southern (+4) and Chattanooga (+4).  

Borton recorded a birdie on No. 2 and made the turn at one-over before birdieing two holes on the back to maintain the one-stroke margin.  Paladin freshman Bryce Howell (+5) is tied for 17th after scoring a 74 with a birdie on No. 15 in Monday's round, and sophomore Preston Heyward (+7) birdied No. 17 to notch a 79 in the second round, placing him in a tie for 26th.

Sophomores Wehman Hopke (+9) and Preston Cole (+9) and tied for 31st entering Tuesday's final round.  Hopke birdied No. 8 and No. 10 to score a 77 in round two, while Cole carded an 80 with birdies on No. 4 and No. 15 on Monday.

Western Carolina's J.T. Poston (-10) maintains the individual lead after firing a 66 on Monday.  Poston, who is ranked 13th nationally, eagled the par-5 No. 8 and registered five birdies on the day to lead Roy Dixon (-2) and Carter Jenkins (-2) of UNC Greensboro by eight strokes entering the final day of play.

The Paladins will begin the final round of the tournament on Tuesday, teeing off of No. 1 at 8 a.m.

The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA regional, while the individual medalist will also earn an automatic regional qualification.

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2014 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship

National Golf Club

Par-72, 7,122 yards

Pinehurst, N.C.


Top 10 individuals

1      J.T. Poston, Western Carolina                    68-66=134

T2    Carter Jenkins, UNCG                                72-70=142

T2    Roy Dixon, UNCG                                      71-71=142

T4    Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern                 77-66=143

T4    Chris Robb, Chattanooga                           74-69=143

T4    Will Evans, Georgia Southern                     71-72=143

T4    Richard Fountain, Davidson                       75-68=143

8      Tyler Lail, Western Carolina                         73-71=144

T9    Charlie Martin, Georgia Southern                 75-70=145

T9    David Sargent, Davidson                           70-75=145


Team standings

1      Western Carolina                                        294-282=576

2      Georgia Southern                                       296-284=580

3      Chattanooga                                              297-284=581

4      UNCG                                                       300-285=585

5      Davidson                                                  294-293=587

6      Furman                                                      296-303=599

7      Wofford                                                    306-303=609

8      Elon                                                          316-294=610

9      Samford                                                    314-304=618

10    Appalachian State                                      310-310=620


6 Furman 296 303 599+8

T11 Michael Borton 75 73 148 +4

T17 Bryce Howell 75 74 149 +5

T26 Preston Heyward 73 79 152 +8

T31 Wehman Hopke 76 77 153 +9

T31 Preston Cole 73 80 153 +9