AIKEN, S.C. -- Sophomore Keller Harper (-6) finished the day in second place to lead the Furman men's golf team to a share of fifth place following two rounds of play Monday at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the par 70, 6,617 yard Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.
Harper, a native of Atlanta, Ga., fired a 67 in each round on Monday, carding four birdies in the first round then adding a team-high six birdies, including four-straight from No. 13 through No. 16, in the second round to enter Tuesday's final round just one shot back of leader Broc Everett (-7) of Augusta, who has a two-round total of 66-67=133.
Junior Connor Bruns (+2) is tied for 29th after shooting a 73 with a birdie on No. 5 in the morning round then adding a 69 with three-consecutive birdies on No. 13 through No. 16 in the afternoon. Sophomore Scott Purvis (+3) notched four birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5, for a 68 in round one and scored a 75 with birdies on No. 10 and No. 14, in the second round to tie for 37th.
Junior Garrison Hogan (+7) and senior Hunter Nichols (+7) are tied for 57th after two rounds of play. Hogan, who eagled the par-5 No. 10 in the morning, scored a first-round 77 then shot an even par with birdies on No. 1 and No. 17 in the afternoon. Nichols birdied No. 8 and No. 15 for a 75 in round one and added a 72 with birdies on No. 5 and No. 12 in round two.
Virginia (-8) holds a three-stroke lead over Augusta (-6) entering the final round. USC Aiken (-3) is in third, followed by UAB (-2) in fourth place. The Paladins (+1) are tied with East Carolina (+1) for fifth place.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. The Paladins will play in a group with UAB and East Carolina and will tee off of holes No. 4 through No. 6. Admission is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T5 Furman 283 278 561 +1
2 Keller Harper 67 67 134 -6
T29 Connor Bruns 73 69 142 +2
T37 Scott Purvis 68 75 143 +3
T57 Garrison Hogan 77 70 147 +7
T57 Hunter Nichols 75 72 147 +7