GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team carded an opening round 290 Friday to tie for third in the 42nd Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,266-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
GRU Augusta grabbed the first-round lead with a three-under 285, while Clemson (-1) stands in second at 287. The Tigers' Ashlan Ramsey and GRU Augusta's Eunice Yi are tied for the individual lead after shooting an opening round 68 to conclude the day at four-under.
Freshman Taylor Totland and sophomore Valentina Romero each fired a 71, finishing the day tied for sixth at one under par to lead the Paladins. Totland notched back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and 7 then captured a birdie on 11, while Romero tallied five birdies in the opening round, fashioning a strong finish with birdies on 16 and 18.
Senior Aubrie Street is tied for 13th after carding consecutive birdies on 13 and 14 for a one-over 73, while fellow senior Ingunn Gunnarsdottir shot a 75 to complete the round tied for 25th at three-over. Junior Laura DeMarco (+4) concluded Friday's round tied for 33rd after recording a 76.
The Paladins' 290 marked the 13th-best round in Furman history, just seven strokes off the Paladin record of 283, carded at the NCAA Championships in 1995. The round was just three strokes shy of Furman's Lady Paladin Invitational low of 287, shot in 1987.
"Overall, our team played well today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "The girls made some of the adjustments that we discussed going into the tournament, and, as a result, we stuck to our fairly conservative game plan which culminated in a solid round."
Due to predicted inclement weather in the Greenville area, second round play in the 54-hole tournament is slated for a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with Sunday's final round also scheduled for a shotgun start at 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.
T3 Furman 290
T6 Taylor Totland 71
T6 Valentina Romero 71
T13 Aubrie Street 73
T25 Ingunn Gunnarsdottir 75
T33 Laura DeMarco 76
T57 *Stephanie Carlozzi 78
T87 *Daffodil Sanchez 84
* - playing as an individual