HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Junior Connor Bruns (-5) is tied for second to lead the Furman men's golf team to a share of fourth place following two rounds of play Monday at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Tournament at the par 72, 6,913 yard Wexford Plantation course on Hilton Head Island.
Bruns, a native of Duncan, S.C., carded a 70 with a team-high five birdies in round one then added a 69 with four birdies in the second round to finish the day three strokes back of leader Elliott Grayson (-8) of Akron who scored rounds of 70 and 66 on Monday.
Sophomore Keller Harper (-3) is just two strokes behind Bruns and is tied for ninth entering Tuesday's final round. Harper recorded a 70 with birdies on No. 1 and No. 8 in the opening round then scored a 71 with a team-high five birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 3 and No. 4 and again on No. 7 and No. 8, in the day's second round.
Sophomore Scott Purvis (+2) shot a 75 with birdies on No. 8 and No. 11 in the first round then carded a 71 with birdies on No. 14 and No. 18 in the afternoon to tie for 21st at the end of Monday's play. Junior Garrison Hogan tallied a 77 with a birdie on No. 7 in the morning round and a 76 with consecutive birdies on No. 6 and No. 7 in round two. He enters the final round tied for 58th, while sophomore Jake Reilly is tied for 73rd after shooting an 80 with a birdie on No. 5 in Monday's first round and a 76 with three birdies in the afternoon.
Georgia (-9) leads 38th-ranked TCU (-8) by just one stroke heading into Tuesday's final round. Memphis (-1) sits in third, followed by Furman (+3) and High Point (+3), which are tied for fourth.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. The Paladins will play in a group with High Point and Radford. Admission is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T4 Furman 292 287 579 +3
T2 Connor Bruns 70 69 139 -5
T9 Keller Harper 70 71 141 -3
T21 Scott Purvis 75 71 146 +2
T58 Garrison Hogan 77 76 153 +9
T73 Jake Reilly 80 76 156 +12