GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman junior Keller Harper (+2) is tied for 21st after the first day of competition at the NCAA Men's Golf Athens Regional, which is being held Monday through Wednesday at the par 71, 7,253 yard University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Harper, who was voted the Southern Conference Men's Golf Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, parred his first eight holes and bogeyed No. 9 to turn at one over. He added an additional bogey on No. 13 to finish the day with a two-over 73, five strokes back of individual leader Brad Bawden (-3) of Memphis.
On Tuesday Harper will tee off of No. 1 at 9:53 a.m. and will play in a group with Sam Clayman of Princeton and USC Upstate's Jordan Warnock.
Host Georgia (E), which is ranked 16th nationally, leads the regional by two strokes over No. 4 Vanderbilt. Ninth-ranked Duke (+5) is in third place, followed by No. 33 Tennessee (+6) in fourth. Memphis (+8) completes the top five.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 24-29, at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information