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Wearn Grabs Cougar Classic Lead With Second Round 69; Paladins Move Up To 10th Place

Wearn Grabs Cougar Classic Lead With Second Round 69; Paladins Move Up To 10th Place

Hanahan, S.C. – Furman's Laura Wearn totaled seven birdies to fire a second round 69 and grab a share of the lead at four-under par on Monday in the Cougar Classic at the par-72, 6,210-yard Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C.

Wearn (71-69=140), a sophomore, birdied three holes on the front nine to shoot a two-under 34 and carded four birdies on the back nine to overcome a double bogey and shoot a one-under 35.  The Charlotte, N.C., native enters Tuesday's final round in a tie with North Carolina's Courtney Gunter (69-71=140) at four-under.  The Tarheel's Jackie Chang (72-69=141) is one stroke behind in third place after 36 holes.

Sophomore Alexa Rancourt posted a second round 75 and junior Stefanie Kenoyer posted a 76 to help Furman (304-297=601) climb from 14th place to 10th place with a nine-over 297 on Monday.  North Carolina (285-285=570) continues to pace the field and stands nine strokes ahead of second place South Carolina (291-288=579).  Mississippi and Oklahoma are tied for third entering the final round.

The tournament conlcudes on Tuesday morning with a shotgun start scheduled for 8:30.

Live scoring of Tuesday's final round is available at www.furmanpaladins.com and www.golfstatresults.com.  Fans can also follow live updates at www.twitter.com/FurmanPaladins.

10 Furman 304 297 601

T1 Laura Wearn 71 69 140

T39 Stefanie Kenoyer 74 76 150

T68 Liz Wendt 78 77 155

T78 Alexa Rancourt 81 75 156

105 Aubrie Street 81 82 163