GREENVILLE, S.C. – Gardner-Webb sat in 12th place after the first round of the 2017 Furman Intercollegiate men's golf tournament Friday afternoon.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (293 | +5) were three strokes out of the top-10 and one stroke ahead of USC Upstate in the 21-team event.
Veteran Chris Jones led Gardner-Webb on Friday, firing a 71 to finish one-under par and tied for 17th individually on a low-scoring afternoon for the field. A total of 26 golfers finished under par Friday, led by Georgia Southern's Brett Barron – who carded a tournament-record round of 63 to finish at nine-under.
Vincent Blanchette (76) tied for 90th position and Johnathan Henry (77) finished in a tie for 104th heading into Saturday's second round.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will get an early start Saturday morning.
The tournament is being played on the 7,004-yard Furman University Golf Course.