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Furman’s 35th annual Debbie Southern Furman Fall Classic brings 10 teams together for flighted singles and doubles competition at Mickel Tennis Center on Friday through Sunday.

Eight of the 10 teams competing were ranked in the top 39 in the 2022 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings:  North Carolina (3), Duke (4), Ohio State (15), Wake Forest (23), Vanderbilt (27), South Carolina (28), Georgia Tech (32) and Furman (39).  Clemson concluded last season ranked 63rd, while Mississippi State was 68th. 

Two rounds of doubles begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, followed by a round of singles at 1 p.m.  Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. each day.  Admission is free to the event.

“The Debbie Southern Fall Classic is always a highly competitive event which draws some of the best collegiate teams in the country,” said Furman head coach Michelle Dasso.  “We take pride in showcasing our campus and tennis venue and are thankful for the many volunteers and sponsors that help make this event so special.  The level of play and energy will be extremely high, as it is the first collegiate event of the fall for many of the participants.  I personally couldn’t be more excited to coach my Furman players for the first time on our home courts.” 

Furman finished the 2022 season with a 22-7 overall record and claimed the SoCon’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 21st league title.  The Paladins ranked as high as 19th nationally, a program record, after defeating No. 26 Alabama and 24th-ranked Texas Tech at the prestigious Blue Gray Tournament.  Furman, which made its 14th appearance in the NCAA tournament, returns the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year, Sara Snyder, who was ranked 65th nationally in the spring of 2022.

 

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Former Furman golfers Sherri Turner ‘79 and Todd White ‘90 will be inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in January.

Turner, a native of Greenville, was a member of the Paladins’ 1976 AIAW National Championship team and earned All-America honors as a senior in 1979.  She claimed individual medalist honors at the Southern Intercollegiate, the Lady Buckeye Invitational and the Lady Paladin Invitational.   

Turner turned pro in 1979 following her graduation from Furman, and she went on to win 3 LPGA titles, including 1 major championships, the 1988 LPGA Championship. The 1988 LPGA leading money winner, she was voted by her peers as the LPGA Player of the Year and was honored as the Golf Female Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America, Golf Illustrated, Golf World and Golf Magazine.  During her LPGA career, Turner posted 94 top-10 finishes.  She was inducted into the Furman Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989 and retired after 25 years on the LPGA Tour.

A native of Roebuck, White was a 4-time All-Southern Conference selection.  He was honored with an All-America citation in 1989 and won individual titles at the 1988 Southern Conference Championships and back-to-back in 1989 and 1990 at the Furman Intercollegiate.  

White, who qualified as an individual for the 1989 NCAA Championships, continued his golfing career after graduating from Furman and has earned both SCGA and CGA Player of the Year accolades. He was selected for the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2013, where he helped the United States to a victory. White has competed in 35 USGA Championships, including 9 U.S. Amateurs, 9 U.S. Mid-Amateurs, and the 1995 U.S. Open.

 

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Volleyball begins the home portion of its 2022 schedule on Thursday and Friday when it hosts the USC Upstate Spartans and Marshall Thundering Herd in a pair of non-conference matches at Alley Gymnasium.

The Paladins begin the week on Thursday evening with a 6 p.m. matchup against USC Upstate followed by another 6 p.m. contest on Friday versus Marshall.

The Paladins (3-5) played their final tournament of the regular season last weekend, finishing 2-1 at the Mountaineer Classic in Boone, N.C.

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Furman announced the creation of the Coach Charlie Arndt Endowed Scholarship for Men's Soccer, named for the longtime Furman men’s soccer assistant.