DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Junior Keller Harper (-9) fired a final-round 70 to win individual medalist honors and lead Furman (E), which had three players in the top 19, to a second-place finish Tuesday in the final day of the River Run Collegiate at the par 72, 7,317 yard River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Harper, who scored two birdies on each side on Tuesday to pace Furman, posted three-straight rounds under par for the win. His three-round total of 68-69-70=207 edged runner up Jack Lang (-7) of Davidson by two strokes. The victory marked the first individual win of Harper's career and was the first for Furman since Wehman Hopke won the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in 2014.
Senior Connor Bruns (-5) also carded a 70 in Tuesday's round. Bruns, who finished third, turned at two-under after notching two birdies on the front, then added a final birdie on No. 18. Freshman Owen Burden (+4) shot an even 72 with birdies on No. 4 and No. 17 to tie for 19th.
Senior Garrison Hogan (+14) finished in a tie for 49th after recording a 76 with three birdies on Tuesday, while junior Matt Lehman (+17) tallied a final-round 73 with three birdies to tie for 56th. Senior Raj Ghosh, who played as an individual, tied for 36th after scoring a 73 with birdies on No. 13 and No. 15 on Tuesday.
James Madison (-1) led the field with a 281 on Tuesday to win the tournament by a single stroke over the Paladins (-3). Host Davidson (+3) finished third, while Charlotte (+4) was one stroke back in fourth place. There was a wide gap between fourth and fifth, but Temple (+22) took fifth by a lone stroke over Radford (+23).
"I am really proud of how the guys played while being under pressure in contention all day long," said Furman head coach Matt Davidson. "Keller played fantastic golf both days on a challenging course. This should be a great week for us to build on for the rest of the fall."
The Paladins will compete at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Oct. 1-2.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
2 Furman 292 287 285 864 E
1 Keller Harper 68 69 70 207 -9
3 Connor Bruns 68 73 70 211 -5
T19 Owen Burden 75 73 72 220 +4
T49 Garrison Hogan 82 72 76 230 +14
T56 Matt Lehman 81 79 73 233 +17
T36 Raj Ghosh* 78 75 73 226 +10
*-playing as an individual