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Furman's Howell Tied For Lead Following First Round Of Golfweek Program Challenge

Bryce Howell
Bryce Howell

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. --  Sophomore Bryce Howell (-7) is tied for the lead after firing a 7-under 65 to lead the Paladins (+1) Sunday in the opening day of the 2014-15 season at the Golfweek Program Challenge at the par-72, 6,926 yard True Blue Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C. 

Howell, whose round tied for the fourth-best in Paladin history, notched back-to-back-to-back birdies on No. 2, 3, and 4, then birdied No. 9 to make the turn at four-under, before putting together consecutive birdies on both No. 12 and 13 and No. 15 and 16 on the back.  He finished Sunday's round tied with Jared Magoline (-7) of Valparaiso, who was five-under on the front and two-under on the back nine.

Paladin senior Michael Borton (+2) notched a 74 in Sunday's first round after birdieing two holes each on the front and the back to finish the day tied for 42nd, while juniors Preston Heyward (+3) and Preston Cole (+3) are tied for 46th after scoring a 75 in the opening round.  Heyward birdied No. 15, and Cole posted three birdies on the day.  Freshman Adam Garret (+6) scored a 78 in his first collegiate round, birdieing the par-5 No. 4 to tie for 56th place heading into Monday's second round.

Valparaiso (-15) holds a three-stroke lead after carding a 273 in Sunday's opener.  Gardner-Webb (-12) is three strokes behind in second, followed by Old Dominion (-11) in third.  The Paladins (+1) enter Monday's second round in ninth place.

Second round play of the 54-hole tournament, which includes a women's stroke play tournament at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and a men's competition at True Blue Plantation, begins Monday at 7:30 a.m., and the tournament will conclude Tuesday with a 7:30 a.m. start.

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


9 Furman 289

T1 Bryce Howell 65

T42 Michael Borton 74

T46 Preston Heward 75

T46 Preston Cole 75

T56 Adam Garrett 78