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Harper Ties For Sixth To Pace Paladins In Opening Day Of SoCon Championships

Harper Ties For Sixth To Pace Paladins In Opening Day Of SoCon Championships

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Sophomore Keller Harper (-1) is tied for sixth to pace the Furman men's golf team following the first round of play Sunday at the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C.  The Jack Nicklaus Signature course, which is serving as the site of the championships for the sixth-consecutive year, is playing at par-72, 7,118 yards.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Harper carded consecutive birdies on No. 2 and No. 3 and again on No. 7 and No. 8.  He added a fifth birdie on No. 14 to finish the day with a one-under 71.  Harper enters Monday's second round three strokes back of Zack Swanson (-4) of UNCG, who led the field with an opening round 68.  

Senior Scott Purvis (+1) recorded two birdies on the front and one on the back for an opening round 73, tying for 12th.  Redshirt freshman Jack Crosby (+3) and junior Stephen Reynolds (+3) each shot a 75 on Sunday to tie for 19th.  Crosby scored five birdies, including three-consecutive birdies from No. 8 through No. 10, while Reynolds notched a birdie on No. 8.  Senior Connor Bruns (+4) carded a 76 with back to back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 to tie for 23rd.

UNCG (-5), the only team to shoot under par on Sunday, leads the field by six strokes after Sunday's opening round.  East Tennessee State (+1) and Mercer (+1) are tied for second, followed by the Paladins (+6) in fourth place.  Chattanooga (+8) rounds out the top five.

The 54-hole tournament continues on Monday, and teams will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 8 a.m.  Furman will tee off of starting at 9:30 a.m. and will play in a twosomes with Mercer.  The tournament concludes on Tuesday.  Admission is free and fans are welcome.

Fans can log onto http://www.FurmanPaladins.com and http://www.GolfStat.com to follow live scoring and statistics for the SoCon Championship.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

4 Furman 294 +6

T6 Keller Harper 71 -1

T12 Scott Purvis 73 +1

T19 Jack Crosby 75 +3

T19 Stephen Reynolds 75 +3

T23 Connor Bruns 76 +4