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Harper Wins Individual Medalist Honors At 50th Furman Intercollegiate; Paladins Finish Third

Harper Wins Individual Medalist Honors At 50th Furman Intercollegiate; Paladins Finish Third

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Keller Harper (-8) birdied No. 18 to win individual medalist honors by one stroke at the 50th Furman Intercollegiate, held this weekend at the par-71, 6,984-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.  

Harper, who hails from Atlanta, Ga., parred the front nine to build a three-stroke lead then bogeyed No. 11 and No. 13.  He held a two-stroke advantage after notching a birdie on No. 15 before bogeying No. 17 to move into a tie for the lead.  The birdie on No. 18 gave Harper a one-stroke victory over Coastal Carolina's Wes Artac (-7), who parred the final hole.  The victory marked the second of the 2018-19 season for Harper and the third for the Paladins. 

Coastal Carolina (-7) won the team championship by four strokes over Davidson (-3).  The Paladins (+1) finished third, followed by Virginia Tech (+5) in fourth.  Minnesota (+8) rounded out the top five.

"I am so happy for Keller to get this win at our home event," said Furman head coach Matt Davidson.  "The finish was really close, and to make an eight footer for birdie on the last hole is something he will remember for a long time and take a ton of confidence from.  We played really nicely as a team, as well, but the first round probably cost us more than we thought in the end.  Coastal Carolina played great, and I give credit to them for the team win."

Furman senior Connor Bruns (+1) shot an even 71 with a team-high four birdies to tie for ninth, and senior Scott Purvis (+4) fired a final-round 69 with three birdies, tying for 22nd place.  Junior Stephen Reynolds (+5) recorded three birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 12 and No. 13, to tie for 25th after tallying a 75 on Sunday.  Senior Raj Ghosh, who tied for 70th, shot a 74 with a birdie on No. 5 in the final round. 

Furman had seven individuals in the field.  Sophomore Jack Crosby (+5) tied for 25th to lead all individuals.  He carded back to back birdies on No. 1 and No. 2 and added a final birdie on No. 15 for a 76 on Sunday.  Junior Matt Lehman (+7) added a 76 on Sunday to tie for 38th, and senior Jake Reilly (+9) tied for 50th after firing a 69 with three birdies in the final round.  

Freshman Phil Jones (+13) tied for 70th with a final-round 77, and senior Garrison Hogan (+14) scored an 82 to tie for 76th.  Freshman Owen Burden recorded a 77 with a birdie on No. 15 on Sunday to tie for 93rd, and Nathan Norfleet finished 114th after posting an 81 with birdies on No. 2 and No. 12.

Furman will compete at the Wofford Intercollegiate, April 1-2.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

3 Furman 289 278 286 853 +1

1 Keller Harper 70 63 72 205 -8

T9 Connor Bruns 72 71 71 214 +1

T22 Scott Purvis 73 75 69 217 +4

T25 Stephen Reynolds 74 69 75 218 +5

T25 Jack Crosby* 71 71 76 218 +5

T38 Matt Lehman* 72 72 76 220 +7

T50 Jake Reilly* 78 75 69 222 +9

T70 Raj Ghosh 76 76 74 226 +13

T70 Phil Jones* 75 74 77 226 +13

T76 Garrison Hogan* 73 72 82 227 +14

T93 Owen Burden* 74 79 77 230 +17

114 Nathan Norfleet* 76 85 81 242 +29

* - playing as an individual