JONESBOROUGH, TENN. -- Senior Preston Cole (+1) fired a second-round 69 to tie for 26th Saturday at the Bank of Tennessee at Blackthorn at the par 72, 7,147 yard Blackthorn Club at the Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Cole carded five birdies in the round, including three on the back nine, to finish the day three under par and enter the final round tied with junior Bryce Howell (+1), who also birdied five holes on Saturday. Howell scored consecutive birdies on No. 13 and 14 to finish the round with a 75.
Senior Wehman Hopke (+4) had four birdies on Saturday to card a 76 and tie for 43rd, while freshman Connor Bruns (+13) recorded three birdies and is in 74th place entering the final round. Senior Preston Heyward (+17) is tied for 80th place. Sophomore Hunter Nichols (+11), who is playing as an individual, shot an even 72 with four birdies on the front nine to tie for 71st.
Penn State (-10) surged into the lead with a tournament-best 277 on Saturday. Kent State (-6) is second, while Louisville (-1) and Charlotte (-1) are tied for third. Missouri (E) rounds out the top five. The Paladins (+19) are tied for 12th with UNC Wilmington (+19) entering Sunday's round. Charlotte's Victor Wiggins (-8) leads all individuals after scoring a 67 on Saturday for a two-round total of 136.
The final round of the 54-hole tournament begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The Paladins will tee off of No. 10 at 9:00 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T12 Furman 295 300 595 +19
T26 Preston Cole 76 69 145 +1
T26 Bryce Howell 70 75 145 +1
T43 Wehman Hopke 72 76 148 +4
74 Connor Bruns 77 80 157 +13
T80 Preston Heyward 80 81 161 +17
T71 Hunter Nichols* 83 72 155 +11
*-playing as an individual