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Furman To Open 2018-19 Season Sunday At The Golfweek Conference Challenge

Furman Head Coach Matt Davidson
Furman Head Coach Matt Davidson

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's golf team will open the 2018-19 season this weekend at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at the par 72, 7,112 yard Donald Ross Course at the Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  

The 54-hole tournament begins Sunday and continues through Tuesday.  Play will begin on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CT, with teams going off of No. 1 and No. 10.  The Paladins will tee off of No. 10 beginning at 9:45 a.m. CT and will play in a group with Sacramento State and Arkansas State  in Sunday's first round.  Teams will also go off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 9:30 a.m. CT on Monday, and the tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start on Tuesday. 

Furman will be joined in the 15-team field by Arkansas State, Ball State, Boston College, Campbell, Dayton, host Iowa, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Kansas State, Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Southern Illinois, UCLA, UTEP.

The Paladin lineup includes seniors Connor Bruns and Garrison Hogan, juniors Keller Harper and Matt Lehman, and freshman Owen Burden.

"There is always a lot of excitement starting out a season, but especially when you open up on a great classic golf course against a quality field," said Furman head coach Matt Davidson, who is in his first year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "The Cedar Rapids Country Club should be a course that suits us well, and, hopefully, we can play confidently and give ourselves a chance to win."

Harper, the 2018 SoCon Men's Golf Player of the Year, led the Paladins with a 72.2 stroke average over 33 rounds last season.  Bruns, who joined Harper on the All-SoCon Team, ranked second on the team with a 73.3 stroke average over the same 33 rounds.

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information