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Harper Ties For Third To Lead Furman Men's Golf In First Day Of Clemson Invitational

Harper Ties For Third To Lead Furman Men's Golf In First Day Of Clemson Invitational

SALEM, S.C. -- Junior Keller Harper (-5) fired an opening round 67 to lead the Furman (-3) mens' golf team Friday in the Clemson Invitational at the par 72, 7,103 The Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Salem, S.C.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Harper started the shotgun round on No. 14 and made the first of seven birdies on No. 18.  He tallied consecutive birdies on No. 2 and No. 3 then scored three-straight from No. 8 through No. 10.  He finished the day three strokes back of leader Adrien Pendaries (-8) of Duke, who carded an opening round 64. 

Senior Scott Purvis (-3) is tied for ninth after scoring a 69 with four birdies, including back to back birdies on No. 10 and No. 11, while junior Connor Bruns (-2) enters Saturday's second round tied for 16th.  Bruns tallied a 70 with five birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 8 and No. 9 on Friday.

Junior Stephen Reynolds (+7) scored a 79 with three birdies to tie for 72nd, and sophomore Jack Crosby (+8) is tied for 76th after notching an opening round 80 with a birdie on No. 17.

No. 8 Georgia Tech (-16) holds a one-stroke lead over 14th-ranked Georgia (-15) after one round of play.  Ninth-ranked Duke (-13) sits in third, followed by No. 17 Clemson (-5) in fourth place.  Virginia (-4) completes the top five, followed by Furman (-3) in sixth.

The 54-hole tournament continues on Saturday.  Teams will tee off of No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 9 a.m.  Furman will tee off of No. 1 starting at 9:50 a.m. and will play in a group with Clemson and Virginia.  The tournament concludes on Sunday.  Admission is free and fans are welcome.  Results and live tournament scoring are available via http://www.golfstat.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

6 Furman 285 -3

T3 Keller Harper 67 -5

T9 Scott Purvis 69 -3

T16 Connor Bruns 70 -2

T72 Stephen Reynolds 79 +7

T76 Jack Crosby 80 +8