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Cole & Paladins Lead Rees Jones Invitational After One Round

Preston Cole
Preston Cole

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. -- Senior Preston Cole (-2) leads the field after firing a 2-under 70 Sunday, helping the Paladins (+5) to a share of the team lead in the opening day of the 2015-16 season at the Rees Jones Invitational at the par 72, 7,380 yard Haig Point, a Jones Signature Course on Daufuskie Island, S.C.   

Cole carded a team-high six birdies on the day, including back-to-back-to-back birdies on No. 2, 3 and 4 to open the round.  He made the turn at two under and was even on the back to finish the round one stroke ahead of Thomas LaMorte (-1) of Campbell, Tyler Lail (-1) of Western Carolina, and Charlotte's Nicolas Manifacier (-1) who each shot an opening round 71.

Paladin junior Bryce Howell (+1) is tied for seventh after shooting a 73 with four birdies on Sunday, while freshman Connor Bruns (+3) and senior Wehman Hopke (+3) are tied for 19th after each scored two birdies and an opening-round 75.  Senior Preston Heyward (+7) enters Monday's round tied for 37th, while sophomore Hunter Nichols (+9), who is playing as an individual, is tied for 43rd.  

The Paladins are tied for the lead with Campbell (+5), while 47th-ranked Charlotte (+6) is just one stroke back in third.  Liberty (+7) is fourth after Sunday's round, and No. 26 Kennesaw State (+10) completes the top five.  

"The guys played very well today," said Paladin head coach Todd Satterfield at the completion of the round.  "It's certainly nice to get off to a good start to the year."

Second round play of the 54-hole tournament begins Monday at 9 a.m., and the tournament will conclude on Tuesday.  The Paladins will tee off of No. 10 on Monday at 9:50 a.m.

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

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


T1 Furman 293 +5

1 Preston Cole 70 -2

T7 Bryce Howell 73 +1

T19 Connor Bruns 75 +3

T19 Wehman Hopke 75 +3

T37 Preston Heyward 79 +7

T43 Hunter Nichols* 81 +9

*-playing as an individual