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Hopke & Cole Tied For Tenth At SoCon Championship After First Round Of Play

Preston Cole
Preston Cole

PINEHURST, N.C. – Juniors Wehman Hopke (+1) and Preston Cole (+1) each fired a 73 to tie for tenth place following Sunday's first round of play at the 2015 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at the par-72, 7,091 yard Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C.  

Hopke scored birdies on No. 4 and No. 10, while Cole notched birdies on No. 7 and No. 18 to finish among an eight-way tie for tenth, five strokes back of Western Carolina's J.T. Poston (-6), the reigning SoCon Player of the Year, who led his fourth straight round in the SoCon tournament, as he was the wire-to-wire winner in 2014.

Paladin sophomore Bryce Howell (+4) is in 25th place after birdieing No. 10 to card a 76 on Sunday, while freshman Adam Garrett is tied for 27th after scoring a birdie on the par-3 No. 9 to finish the round at 78.  Senior Michael Borton, who birdied No. 3 and No. 12, is tied for 33rd.

ETSU (-2) leads Wofford (+1) by three strokes following one day of competition.  Chattanooga (+3) is third, while UNCG (+6) and Mercer (+9) round out the top five.  Seeking their first title since 2010, the Paladins are in seventh (+12) after Sunday's round.

Second round action is slated for Monday at 8 a.m. with the Paladins scheduled to tee off of No. 10 beginning at 8:20 a.m.  Final round action will take place on Tuesday morning.  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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Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


2015 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship

Pinehurst No. 9

Par 72, 7,091 yards

Pinehurst, N.C.


Team results

Place Team                       Rd1

1.      ETSU                       286

2.      Wofford                   289

3.      Chattanooga             291

4.      UNCG                      294

5.      Mercer                      297

6.      Western Carolina       298

7.      Furman                     300

8.      Samford                   305


Individual leaders

Place Team                                        Rd1

1.      J.T. Poston, Western Carolina    66

2.      Brannan Hudson, Wofford         67

3.      Mateusz Gradecki, ETSU           68

4.      Adrian Meronk, ETSU                69

T5.     Andrew Novak, Wofford            71

T5.     Jake McGlone, UNCG                71

T5.     Wes Gosselin, Chattanooga       71

T8.     Evan Grenus, Wofford               72

T8.     Luke Haithcock, UNCG              72

T10.   Preston Cole, Furman                73

T10.   Jerry Ren, Mercer                      73

T10.   Wehman Hopke, Furman            73

T10.   Sean Smothers, Mercer             73

T10.   Andrew Weathers, Chattanooga 73

T10.   Trey Rule, Mercer                      73

T10.   Ewan Scott, Chattanooga          73

T10.   Roy Dixon, UNCG                     733


7 Furman 300 +12

T10 Wehman Hopke 73 +1

T10 Preston Cole 73 +1

25 Bryce Howell 76 +3

T27 Adam Garrett 78 +6

T33 Michael Borton 81 +9