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Furman's Harper Tied For 35th Entering Final Round Of NCAA Athens Regional

Keller Harper
Keller Harper

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman junior Keller Harper (+6) tied for 35th Tuesday in the second day of the NCAA Men's Golf Athens Regional at the par 71, 7,253 yard University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

Harper, a native of Atlanta, Ga., who was voted the Southern Conference Men's Golf Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season, parred five holes on the front and made the turn at five over after a rough stretch from No. 7 through No. 9.  He turned things around on the back nine, parring his first seven holes then adding a birdie on No. 17 to go one-under on the back and card a second-round 75.  

Spencer Ralston (-4) and Davis Thompson (-4), both of Georgia, are tied for the individual lead after each fired a 69 on Tuesday.  The Bulldog duo is tied at 69-69=138 for the two rounds. 

In Wednesday's final round, Harper will tee off of No. 1 at 9:31 a.m. and will play in a group with Sam Clayman of Princeton and Charlotte's John Gough.

No. 16 Georgia (-4) holds a slim one-stroke lead over ninth-ranked Duke (-3).  Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt (+2) is in third, followed by 22nd-ranked Liberty (+14) in fourth place.  Four teams are tied for the fifth spot:  No. 33 Tennessee (+17), SMU (+17), Memphis (+17), and Nevada (+17).

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.

Live scoring of the NCAA Auburn Regional is available at http://www.golfstat.com or by logging onto http://www.furmanpaladins.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information