CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Junior Connor Bruns (-3) tied for 21st to lead the Furman men's golf team Saturday in the opening day of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,349 yard UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Bruns, a native of Duncan, S.C., birdied No. 6 and No. 13 to card a one-over 73 in Saturday's morning round then fired a 68 with five birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 17 and No. 18, in the afternoon round. Sophomore Keller Harper (+1) is tied for 42nd after scoring a 76 with two birdies in the morning and adding a 69 with five birdies in the tournament's second round.
Sophomores Matt Lehman (+8) and Scott Purvis (+8) are tied for 65th entering Sunday's final round. Lehman carded a 79 in the morning then rebounded with a 73 in the afternoon, recording birdies on No. 6 and No. 8. Purvis, who led the Paladins with a 72 in the first round, eagled the par-5 No. 13 and added a birdie on No. 2. In round two, he notched an 80 with birdies on No. 6 and No. 17. Senior Hunter Nichols (+11) led the team with three birdies in round one, scoring an 80, then carded a 75 with three-straight birdies on holes 13 through 15 in the afternoon to tie for 73rd.
Host North Carolina (-31), which ranks 32nd nationally, holds a six-stroke lead over 41st-ranked Jacksonville (-25). Campbell (-18) sits in third, followed by Virginia Tech (-15) in fourth and Coastal Carolina (-14) in fifth place. Furman (+9) is in 12th place heading into Sunday's final round. The Tar Heels' Ben Griffin (-14) who ranks 70th nationally, holds the individual lead after posting rounds of 67-63=130 on Saturday.
The 54-hole tournament concludes on Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The Paladins will tee off of holes No. 12 through No. 15 and will play in a group with VCU and Gardner-Webb. Admission is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
12 Furman 300 285 585 +9
T21 Connor Bruns 73 68 141 -3
T42 Keller Harper 76 69 145 +1
T65 Matt Lehman 79 73 152 +8
T65 Scott Purvis 72 80 152 +8
T73 Hunter Nichols 80 75 155 +11