TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- Sophomore Valentina Romero (+2) and senior Aubrie Street (+2) each fired a 74 to tie for 12th place as the Furman women's golf team opened the 2014 spring season Friday at the second annual Florida State Match-Up Tournament at the par 72, 6,314 yard Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla.
Romero, a native of Cali, Colombia, parred her first three holes before registering birdies on No. 4 and No. 9 to make the turn at one under. Following a birdie on No. 11, she recorded four additional pars on the back to finish the day at two over. Street, who hails from Medford, Oregon, carded three birdies in her first seven holes, making the turn at -2, then notched five pars on the back nine to finish the day tied with Romero. The Paladin duo is six strokes back of leader Matilda Castren of Florida State, who shot a 68 to open the tournament.
Paladin freshman Taylor Totland (+4) birdied No. 16 to card a 76 and tie for 27th in Friday's opening round, while rookie Macy McRaney (+6) was tied for 40th after shooting a 78 with a birdie on No. 6, a par three, to start the tournament. Sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi (+11) recorded an 83 on Friday to tie for 56th.
Senior Ingunn Gunnarsdottir, playing as an individual, notched three birdies on the day, including back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, to conclude the first round tied for 40th at 78.
#13 South Carolina and #39 Texas A&M are tied for the team lead with a five-over 293, just one stroke ahead of #46 Florida State (+6). #12 Clemson is fourth with a nine-over 297, while #30 Virginia and Mercer round out the top five at +10 entering the second round of play. The Paladins (+14) are in seventh place after one day of competition.
"We started out pretty well and lost a few strokes on the back, but overall, I'm proud of the girls' play today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "It was a solid team effort."
Second round play of the 54-hole tournament, which features two teams ranked in the top 25 and seven teams among the top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings, begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with a 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The Paladins will tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday from hole number 10. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
7th Furman 302
T12 Valentina Romero 74
T12 Aubrie Street 74
T27 Taylor Totland 76
T40 Macy McRaney 78
T56 Stephanie Carlozzi 83
T40 Ingunn Gunnarsdottir 78*
*-Playing as an individual