HANAHAN, S.C. -- Furman sophomore Valentina Romero carded a 77 to lead the Paladins Monday in the second day of the Cougar Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston at the par-72, 6,402 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.
Romero (+7) birdied three of her first five holes on the day, finishing the front nine at two under. She completed Monday's round tied for 56th place, along with Paladin freshman Taylor Totland, who notched a 79 in the tournament's second round. Senior Ingunn Gunnarsdottir and sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi are deadlocked at 154 to tie for 73rd entering the final round, while junior Laura DeMarco's 161 left her in a tie for 99th place.
The Paladins (298-312=610), along with the other teams that teed off in the afternoon, played over five and a half hours due to Monday's hot, humid conditions. Furman notched a 312 on the day to grasp 18th place.
"We had a tough day today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "All of our players struggled and just couldn't quite get anything going. Conditions were a little more difficult, but overall, we will use today as a learning day. We hope to regroup and improve tomorrow."
Clemson's Sloan Shanahan had six birdies on the day to tie for the tournament lead with Mississippi State's Ally McDonald at -6. The Tigers (-9) are competing in their first-ever tournament in the program's inaugural season and hold a six-stroke lead over Mississippi State (-3).
The tournament concludes Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
18 Furman 298 312 610
T56 Valentina Romero 74 77 151
T56 Taylor Totland 72 79 151
T73 Ingunn Gunnarsdottir 76 78 154
T73 Stephanie Carlozzi 76 78 154
T99 Laura DeMarco 76 85 161