OXFORD, MISS. -- Freshman Taylor Totland (+1) and sophomore Valentina Romero (+1) each fired a 73 to tie for 15th place to lead the Furman women's golf team in the opening day of the Ole Miss Rebel Invitational Friday at the par 72, 6,313 yard Ole Miss Golf Course in Oxford, Miss.
Totland, a native of Tinton Falls, N.J., led the Paladins with three birdies on the day, including two on the front nine, and parred her final eight holes. Romero, who hails from Cali, Colombia, notched a birdie on No. 7 to made the turn at -1, then parred eight out of nine holes on the back. The Paladin duo is three strokes back of the five leaders, who each shot a 70 to open the tournament.
Sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi (+2) eagled the par-5 No. 7 and birdied No. 5 and No. 9 to card an opening-round 74 to tie for 31st place, while junior Laura DeMarco shot a 76 with birdies on No. 2 and No. 15, tying for 46th. Senior Aubrie Street birdied No. 15 to score a 77 in Friday's round and enters Saturday's play tied for 56th.
"The girls really hung in there today under fairly windy conditions," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester following the day's play. "A big storm came through last night and dumped a good bit of rain, so the girls were able to lift, clean, and place. We were very consistent and ended up with one of our best rounds of the spring."
#32 GRU Augusta (-2) leads the field after carding a first-round 286, while Coastal Carolina (+4) and #43 East Tennessee State (+4) are tied for second, six strokes back of the Jaguars. The Paladins (+8) are tied with #27 Kentucky and Tennessee for eighth place after firing a 296 on Friday, tying the team's best round of the spring.
Due to predicted inclement weather in the Oxford area on Sunday, the tournament will conclude with 36 holes on Saturday. A shotgun start is planned for 8:15 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
8th Furman 296 +8
T15 Valentina Romero 73 +1
T15 Taylor Totland 73 +1
T31 Stephanie Carlozzi 74 +2
T46 Laura DeMarco 76 +4
T56 Aubrie Street 77 +5