PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team is in second place, while junior Valentina Romero (E) is tied for second place after shooting an even 71 to lead the Paladins (+9) Sunday in the opening day of the 2014-15 season at the Golfweek Program Challenge at the par-71, 6,123 yard Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Romero birdied No. 4 then went on to birdie four out of six holes from No. 9 to No. 14, including back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 to finish the day at par. The Cali, Colombia, native is one stroke back of leader Nadine White (-1) of Campbell, who fired a 70 in Sunday's opening round.
Campbell (+5) holds a four-stroke lead over the Paladins after shooting a five-over 289 on Sunday. Old Dominion (+13) is in third place, four strokes behind Furman, while Garner-Webb (+15) is in fourth place in the women's competition.
"Overall, I felt like we had a pretty good start to the season," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is beginning her third year at the helm of the Paladin program. "We probably left a few shots out there and can definitely play the par 5s a little better. Valentina was solid all day, and everybody finished well. Hopefully, we can minimize some of our mistakes tomorrow but continue to make a good number of birdies."
Paladin sophomore Taylor Totland (+2) birdied No. 14, a par four, to card a 73 and tie for eighth place following Sunday's opening round, while freshman Alice Chen (+3) claimed three birdies in her first collegiate round to tie for 13th with a 74. Senior Laura DeMarco (+4) enters Monday's round tied for 17th after scoring birdies on No. 3, No. 8, and No. 11, to finish the round at 75, and rookie Jacqueline Bendrick (+5) birdied the par-4 No. 13 to open her collegiate career tied for 24th with a 76.
Second round play of the 54-hole tournament, which includes a women's stroke play tournament at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and a men's competition at True Blue Plantation, begins Monday at 7:30 a.m., and the tournament will conclude Tuesday with a 7:30 a.m. start.
Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T2 Furman 293
T2 Valentina Romero 71
T8 Taylor Totland 73
T13 Alice Chen 74
T17 Laura DeMarco 75
T24 Jacqueline Bendrick 76