JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- After two rounds of play, sophomore Scott Purvis (+1) continues to lead the Furman men's golf team at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the par 72, 7,147 yard Blackthorn Club at the Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Purvis, a native of Mason, Ohio, carded a 74 with three birdies on Saturday and enters Sunday's final round in a tie for 39th. Sophomore Keller Harper (+3) also scored a 74 in round two, notching birdies on No. 12 and No. 18, and is tied for 53rd.
Junior Connor Bruns (+4) and sophomore Matt Lehman (+4) are tied for 56th after two rounds of competition. Bruns posted a team-best 73 with birdies on No. 4 and No. 11 on Saturday, while Lehman scored a 76 with back-to-back birdies on No. 13 and No. 14. Senior Hunter Nichols (+5), who tied Bruns with a team-leading 73 in round two, paced the Paladins with five birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 17 and No. 18 to end the round, and is tied for 62nd heading into Sunday's play.
No. 48 Penn State (-27) extended its lead to nine strokes in Saturday's second round. Only one stroke separates the next three teams, as Missouri (-18) is in second, just one stroke ahead of Kent State (-17) and Louisville (-17). Tennessee (-14) completes the top five. Furman (+9) is in 13th place following two rounds of play. Missouri's Hayden Buckley (-12) took the individual lead with a two-round total of 68-64=132.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Sunday with teams going off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. 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
13 Furman 291 294 585 +9
T39 Scott Purvis 71 74 145 +1
T53 Keller Harper 73 74 147 +3
T56 Matt Lehman 72 76 148 +4
T56 Connor Bruns 75 73 148 +4
T62 Hunter Nichols 76 73 149 +5