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Paladins Tied For Third Following Two Rounds Of Camden Collegiate Invitational

Wehman Hopke
Wehman Hopke

CAMDEN, S.C. -- The Furman men's golf team (+20) is tied for third place following two rounds of play Saturday at the Camden Collegiate Invitational at the par 70, 7,242 yard Camden Country Club in Camden, S.C. 

Junior Wehman Hopke (E) is tied for fourth after carding a 71 in round one and a 69 in Saturday's second round.  Hopke, who birdied three holes in each of the first two rounds, finished Saturday's play six strokes back of Andrew Novak (-6) of Wofford, who shot a 67 in both rounds to take a three-stroke individual lead.

Paladin freshman Connor Bruns (+6) birdied two holes in the morning round and added three more to score a 72 in the afternoon for a two-round total of 146, tying for 24th with sophomore Hunter Nichols (+6), who fired a 70 with four birdies in the morning round.  Junior Bryce Howell (+9) tallied two birdies in each round to tie for 37th after carding a 74-75=149, and senior Preston Cole (+10) is tied for 40th after scoring a 75 in each round with two birdies in the morning and a team-high six birdies in the second round. 

Redshirt-freshman Clayte Hubbard (+24), who is playing as an individual, notched two birdies in the afternoon to tie for 76th, while sophomore Alex Taylor, who is also playing as an individual, is in 78th place after carding three birdies in the second round.

South Carolina (-7) recorded a 288 in Saturday's morning round and a tournament-best 265 in the afternoon to hold an eight-stroke lead over Wofford (+15).  The Paladins are tied with USC Aiken (+20) for third place heading into the final round of play.

Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9:42 a.m. on Sunday in the tournament's final round.  Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


3 Furman 289 291 580 +20

T4 Wehman Hopke 71 69 140 E

T24 Connor Bruns 74 72 146 +6

T24 Hunter Nichols 70 76 146 +6

T37 Bryce Howell 74 75 149 +9

T40 Preston Cole 75 75 150 +10

T76 Clayte Hubbard* 85 79 164 +24

78 Alex Taylor* 84 81 165 +25

*-playing as an individual