Valdosta, Ga. – Sophomore Laura Wearn carded a one-over 74 to grab a share of sixth place and help Furman into a tie for fourth place after the opening round of the Kinderlou Forest Challenge at the par-73 Kinderlou Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga, on Sunday.
The Paladins round of 14-over put them in a four-way tie for fourth with 12th-ranked Georgia, Florida State and Augusta State. Coastal Carolina (+11) leads after the first round with Western Carolina (+12) in second place and Chattanooga (+13) in third.
Wearn, who started her round on the back nine, birdied three of her first five holes, including a pair of par fives, to pace the Paladins on Sunday. The Charlotte, N.C., native is just two strokes off of the lead of Chattanooga's Emma de Groot (-2) and Florida State's Hannah Thomson (-2) after 18 holes.
Round two in the 54-hole tournament is set for Monday morning with final round action set for Tuesday.
T4 Furman 306
T6 Laura Wearn 74
T16 Liz Wendt 76
T27 Stefanie Kenoyer 77
T44 Alexa Rancourt 79
T62 Jackie Hilea 82
*T67 Aubrie Street 83
* - playing as individual
Pictured: Liz Wendt
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