HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Furman sophomore Valentina Romero (+8) fired a 70 to tie for 30th place after the second round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Saturday at the par 71, 6,142 yard Long Cove Course in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Romero, who teed off of No. 10, recorded birdies on No. 5 and No. 15 and parred all but one other hole, finishing the day at one under, 11 strokes back of 4th-ranked Stephanie Meadow (-3) of Alabama, who continues to lead the field after shooting a one-over 72 on Saturday.
Paladin sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi (+8) is tied with Romero for 30th after shooting a 77 with a birdie on No. 5 in Saturday's round, while freshman Taylor Totland (+9) also carded a 77 in the second round after birdying No. 4 and No. 6 to finish Saturday's play tied for 40th-place.
Senior Aubrie Street (+16) recorded a 79 in second-round play with birdies on No. 12 and 17, finishing the day in a tie for 79th, while freshman Macy McRaney (+26) is in 88th place after shooting an 85 on Saturday.
#3 Duke (+7) leads the field with a two-day total of 575, eight strokes ahead of #14 Vanderbilt (+15). #13 South Carolina (+22) is third, followed by #29 North Carolina (+24) in fourth, while #21 LSU (+25) completes the top five following Saturday's round. The Paladins (+42) are tied for 15th with #6 Arizona heading into Sunday's final round.
"I felt like we played much better than we scored today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "We hit a lot of very good shots. We just weren't able to capitalize, and we struggled on the greens. I'm really proud of Valentina. There were only a handful of scores under par today, and she turned in one of her best rounds of the year."
The tournament, which features 12 team ranked in the top 25 in the latest Golfstat rankings, will conclude on Sunday. Furman will tee off of No. 10 beginning at 8 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
T15 Furman 307 303 610 +42
T30 Valentina Romero 80 70 150 +8
T30 Stephanie Carlozzi 73 77 150 +8
T40 Taylor Totland 74 77 151 +9
T79 Aubrie Street 80 79 159 +17
88 Macy McRaney 83 85 168 +26