It was almost like playing two different golf courses for each wave of competitors in the first round of the Furman Intercollegiate.
After a 1-hour delay to ready the course after the near torrential rains on Thursday, teams playing in the morning had excellent scoring conditions with soft greens and almost no wind.
Two golfers took full advantage of the conditions and are tied for the lead after the first round.
Defending champion Keller Harper played a bogey free round that started with a pair of birdies and ended with the Paladin golfer rolling in a 35 footer on 18 to finish at 5-under par 66.
Playing in the group right behind Harper, George Mason freshman Colin Slater started his round with a bogey, but then made 8 birdies before running into trouble on numbers 16 and 17 at Furman.
Slater had a two shot advantage over Harper going to the closing holes, but the pair of bogeys left him even with Harper at 5-under par 66.
Four golfers are tied for third including Furman’s Walker Crosby, playing as an individual, he finished his first round at 1-under par.
The Paladin team holds a 4 shot advantage over Southern Conference foe Wofford.
The Terriers matched their best round of the spring with a 287 total.
Wofford was led by Ryan Marter and Walker Jones who finished in a five-way tie for 7th place at even par.
Furman freshman Mac Scott matched the two Terriers with his round of 71 to share the spot.
Teams playing in the afternoon had to battle gusty wind conditions and the scores were noticeably higher.
After Furman and Wofford, Florida Gulf Coast is third at 290 with George Mason in fourth and Charleston Southern in fifth place after round one.
The second round is scheduled to begin at 8 am with the Paladins tee times begin at noon on the first tee at Furman.
Furman Intercollegiate scores from GolfStat
Tigers in third at the Clemson Invitational
With a threatening weather forecast for the weekend the Clemson Invitational field played 27 holes on Friday at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in an attempt to beat the weather.
Kent State has the team lead after shooting an opening round 4-under par 284 and playing their next nine holes at even par.
Maryland is three shots back in second place with the home standing Tigers in third with a 27 hole total of 1-over par.
Clemson as a team was 3-under par on the final 9-holes of the day helping them move up the leader board.
Caley McGinty from the Golden Flashes shot a 6-under par 66 in her first round and then played the next nine holes even to hold a 3-shot lead over Clemson’s Savannah Grewal.
Grewal played her first 18 holes at even par, but carded 4-birdies to go along with one bogey for a 33 with the final 9-holes of the second round remaining.
The second round is scheduled to resume at 9 am on Saturday. It is unclear from the information sent out by the tournament if the teams will try to finish the 54 hole event on Saturday.
The news release from Clemson only indicated an expectation to play the full 54 holes by the end of play on Sunday.
Clemson Invitational scores from GolfStat
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