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Cole Ties For Eighth At Rees Jones Invitational

Preston Cole
Preston Cole

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. -- Senior Preston Cole (+5) tied for eighth to lead the Furman men's golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Rees Jones Invitational at the par 72, 7,380 yard Haig Point, a Jones Signature Course on Daufuskie Island, S.C.   

Cole birdied No. 1 and No. 8 for a final-round 78, finishing the tournament six strokes behind Isaiah Logue (-1) and Gabriel Lench (-1), both of Liberty, who tied for individual medalist honors.  Liberty (+1) led the field with a 284 on Tuesday to win by 21 strokes over second-place Campbell (+22).  No. 47 Charlotte (+30) was third, followed by 26th-ranked Kennesaw State (+33).  The Paladins (+40) rounded out the top five.

Paladin junior Bryce Howell (+11) scored a birdie on No. 5 and No. 17 on Tuesday to card a 76 and tie for 17th, while freshman Connor Bruns (+13) and senior Wehman Hopke (+13) tied for 23rd after each shot a final-round 77.  Bruns registered a birdie on holes 1 and 12, while Hopke scored a birdie on the par-5 No. 9.  Senior Preston Heyward (+18) finished 39th after birdieing No. 4 and No. 18 to record a final-round 79, and sophomore Hunter Nichols (+22), who is playing as an individual, placed 44th.  

Furman will compete at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa, September 25-27.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

5 Furman 293 303 308 904 +40

T8 Preston Cole 70 73 78 221 +5

T17 Bryce Howell 73 78 76 227 +11

T23 Wehman Hopke 75 77 77 229 +13

T23 Connor Bruns 75 77 77 229 +13

39 Preston Heyward 79 76 79 234 +18

44 Hunter Nichols* 81 78 79 238 +22

*-playing as an individual