GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman men's golf team will compete in the 83rd edition of the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship Sunday through Tuesday 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, will play at par-72, 7,118 yards.
Furman's lineup for the 54-hole tournament, which tees off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, includes seniors Connor Bruns and Scott Purvis, juniors Keller Harper and Stephen Reynolds, and redshirt freshman Jack Crosby. The Paladins will tee off of No. 1 Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will play in twosomes with ETSU.
Harper, the reigning SoCon Player of the Year, leads the league with a 71.00 stroke average over 29 rounds this season and has four top-5 finishes in ten tournaments this year. As a team, the Paladins lead the league with a 287.62 stroke average.
"We have been playing very nicely this spring and everyone is looking forward to finishing strong," said Furman head coach Matt Davidson. "Pinehusrt #9 is a fair and solid test, and the conference is competitive, as always. It should be a fun challenge."
The Paladins are looking to claim their first SoCon crown since 2010. Last year, UNCG weathered a wet final day and a Chattanooga rally to claim a five-stroke win and its first Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship title, while Spartan freshman Nick Lyerly earned medalist honors at 4-under-par 212 for the tournament. Furman tallied a fourth-place finish at last season's championship, and Bruns joined Harper on the 2018 All-SoCon team.
The SoCon currently has two teams ranked among the top 100 in this season's Golfstat rankings. UNCG leads the league at No. 74, while ETSU stands at No. 82. Furman and Mercer are just outside the top 100 at No. 105 and No. 107, respectively.
The team winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA regional, while the individual medalist will also earn an automatic regional qualification.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information