April 18, 2010
Florence, S.C. -- Senior Daniel Bowden paced the field with a five-under par 67 to lead Furman to an eight-under 280 and the opening round lead on Sunday at the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Country Club of South Carolina.
Bowden, a native of Easley, S.C., eagled the par-five No. 2 and notched three consecutive birdies on holes six, seven and eight to shoot 31 on the front nine before finishing even over the final nine holes. He holds a two-stroke lead on teammate Garland Ferrell and Appalachian State’s Casey Johnson who each carded an opening round 69 on Sunday. Ferrell, a Greenville native, totaled four birdies and just one bogey.
Furman’s Austin Reeves also opened tournament play in the top 10 in a tie for sixth place at one-under 71. The Greenville, S.C., native and Eastside High School product birdied four of his final seven holes to move into contention.
Furman holds a 10-stroke lead over Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro and Appalachian State who are in a three-way tie for second place at two-over par 290. Defending champion Chattanooga, ranked 34th in the latest GolfStat.com rankings, is in a three-way tie for fifth place with Elon and Western Carolina at 15-over.
Second round play in the 54-hole tournament is set for Monday morning with final round play slated for Tuesday.
Full results and statistics from the first round are available at www.golfstatresults.com.
1 Furman 280
1 Daniel Bowden 67
T2 Garland Ferrell 69
T6 Austin Reeves 71
T15 Anthony Aloi 73
T42 Jack Ulrich 77