HANAHAN, S.C. -- Sophomore Valentina Romero carded a team-best 74 on Tuesday to lead Furman (+46) to a 16th-place finish at the season-opening Cougar Classic at the par-72, 6,402 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.
"We played better today than we did yesterday," said Paladin head coach Kelley Hester following the tournament. "We still didn't finish like we would have hoped, but overall we can take some positives away from this tournament for our young team."
Romero (+9) birdied three holes on the back nine, finishing the day at two over par, to conclude the tournament tied for 47th. Paladin rookie Taylor Totland, who recorded two birdies on the back nine, carded a 75 in the tournament's final day to secure a tie for 50th place. Sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi recovered with birdies on three of her last six holes Tuesday to finish the round three-over par.
The University of Florida (-5) notched a one-stroke victory over second place Clemson (-4) with College of Charleston (-3), N.C. State (-1) and Mississippi State (+7) rounding out the top five in a field of 20 teams. Florida's Anna Young captured individual medalist honors with rounds of 73-71-67 to finish at five-under par. N.C. State's Brittany Marchand and Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey and Sloan Shanahan (-4) tied for second place.
Furman returns to the course Sept. 20-22, when the Paladins entertain 16 teams at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
16 Furman 298 312 300 910
T47 Valentina Romero 74 77 74 225
T50 Taylor Totland 72 79 75 226
T69 Stephanie Carlozzi 76 78 75 229
T83 Ingunn Gunnarsdottir 76 78 79 233
T91 Laura DeMarco 76 85 76 237