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Howell Ties For Eighth, Paladins Third In Opening Day Of Furman Intercollegiate

Bryce Howell
Bryce Howell

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Bryce Howell (-2) fired a 70 to tie for eighth place to lead the Furman men's golf team in the opening round of the 47th Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

Howell (-2) eagled the par-5 No. 2 and added three birdies to finish the round two under par, just three strokes back of Andrew Novak (-5) of Wofford and Marshall's Logan Lagodich (-5), who each carded a 67 on Friday to tie for the individual lead.

Harvard (-4) leads the field with a 284, just one stroke ahead of Georgia State (-3).  The Paladins (E) are third, while Francies Marion (+1) and USC Upstate (+1) are tied for fourth.  

Senior Wehman Hopke (E) scored three birdies on the front, including back-to-back birdies on No. 2 and No. 3, and added an additional birdie on the back for an even 72 to tie for 24th, and senior Preston Cole (+1) and freshman Connor Bruns (+1) tied for 35th after each carded an opening-round 73.  Cole recorded four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 5 and No. 6, while Bruns notched birdies on No. 1 and No. 2.  Freshman Garrison Hogan (+4) carded four birdies to tie for 69th with a 76 on Friday.

Sophomore Hunter Nichols (E) and redshirt freshman Clayte Hubbard (E), the Paladins' top individuals after the first round of play, are tied for 24th after each recorded an even 72 on Friday.  Nichols eagled the par-5 No. 2 and added four birdies, and Hubbard carded four birdies, with consecutive birdies on No. 2 and No. 3.

Furman (E) will tee off of No. 1 at noon on Saturday in the second round of the 54-hole tournament.  Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Results and live tournament scoring are available via and


3 Furman 288 E

T8 Bryce Howell 70 -2

T24 Wehman Hopke 72 E

T35 Preston Cole 73 +1

T35 Connor Bruns 73 +1

T69 Garrison Hogan 76 +4

T24 Hunter Nichols* 72 E

T24 Clayte Hubbard* 72 E

T85 Rob Knight* 77 +5

T96 Alex Taylor* 78 +6

T107 Preston Heyward* 81 +9

115 Billy Shuman* 89 +17

* - playing as an individual