Greenville, S.C. -- Sophomore Daffodil Sanchez's one-over 73 paced the Furman women's golf team to a 299 on Saturday as the Paladins took a one stroke lead over Southern Conference rival Chattanooga in the 41st Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,266-yard Furman University Golf Course.
Sanchez, a native of Mesa, Ariz., caught fire on the back nine recording four of her five birdies over the final eight holes to post her team-leading 73. Freshman Valentina Romero notched three second round birdies, including one at No 18 to give the Paladins (+25) a one-stroke advantage over the Lady Mocs (+26) and two stroke cushion on third place Nova Southeastern through 36 holes. Senior Alexa Rancourt and freshman Stephanie Carlozzi fired 75 and 76, respectively, to round out Furman's four counting scores on Saturday.
Chattanooga's Marion Duvernay (E) grabbed a two stroke lead on the strength of a two-under 70. She birdied five of her first 13 holes on the round and held onto the lead despite bogeys on her final two holes. Appalachian State's Rumbidzai Masamvu (+2), Rutgers' Kortnie Maxoutopouli (+2), Mercer's Mary Alice Murphy (+2) and Nova Southeastern's Daniela Ortiz (+2) are tied for second place after two rounds.
Due to the forecast inclement weather in the northeast this week, Rutgers announced that it would withdraw from the tournament following Saturday's second round to return home.
The 54-hole Lady Paladin Invitational concludes on Sunday. A shotgun start is slated for 9 a.m.
Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.golfstat.com.
1 Furman 302 299 601
T6 Valentina Romero 74 75 149
T6 Daffodil Sanchez 76 73 149
T11 Stephanie Carlozzi 75 76 151
T13 Alexa Rancourt 77 75 152
T24 Laura Wearn 79 77 156
T31 *Aubrie Street 76 82 158
T31 *Laura DeMarco 80 78 158
T42 *Mackenzie Puryear 78 82 160
T60 *Inga Gunnarsdottir 81 83 164
* - playing as an individual