Furman, Reeves win SoCon Championship

Furman won the Southern Conference Championship in 2010.

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Austin Reeves

Furman won its first Southern Conference title since 2004 on Tuesday.

Led by junior Austin Reeves, the Paladins, No. 56 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, closed with a 2-over 290 at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C., to finish at 15-under 849.

No. 60 Georgia Southern (289) was second at 865 and No. 93 UNC-Greensboro (297) was third at 867.

It was the 13th Southern Conference Championship in Furman history. The Paladins’ 849 total was the lowest team score in the four years the event has been held at the CC of South Carolina, and the 16-stroke margin of victory was the greatest since 2001.

Reeves posted rounds of 71-66-70 to finish at 9-under 207 and win the individual title, the second of his college career. He birdied five of his first 11 holes to build an insurmountable lead.

Furman had three other players in the top 10, including senior Garland Ferrell (212, T-2), sophomore Anthony Aloi (215, 7th) and senior Daniel Bowden (216, 8th).

Elon senior Jayson Judy, who started the final round tied for 14th, shot 67 and tied for second with Ferrell and UNC Greensboro’s Ryan Heisey.

Furman head coach Todd Satterfield was chosen as the league’s Coach of the Year by his peers, while Chattanooga sophomore Stephan Jaeger was honored as the Player of the Year. Wofford’s Mark Joye was named Freshman of the Year.

With the win, Furman earns an automatic bid to the NCAA regionals, which begin May 20 at six sites around the country.

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