KNOXVILLE, TENN. -- Furman sophomore Taylor Totland (+8) finished tenth after scoring a 75 Sunday in the final round of play at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate at the par 71, 5,870 yards Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.
Totland, who is ranked 14th nationally, birdied three holes on the day to finish the round at four-over, nine strokes behind third-ranked Nanna Madsen (-1) of South Carolina, who shot an even par on Sunday to win individual medalist honors by three strokes.
Paladin freshman Reona Hirai (+17) birdied No. 4 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 51st, while senior Laura DeMarco (+19) tied for 57th. Rookie Alice Chen (+20) tied for 60th, and junior Valentina Romero (+22) notched four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 15 & No. 16, to card a 75 on Sunday and tie for 68th.
Second-ranked South Carolina (+13) scored a final-round 281 to win the tournament, finishing 14 strokes ahead of 13th-ranked Tennessee (+27). No. 33 Ken State (+28) took third place, followed by No. 40 Louisville (+32), and 21st-ranked UCF (+35). The 11th-ranked Paladins (+54) finished ninth.
"Today was a struggle for our young team," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her third year at the helm of the Paladin program. "The girls grinded it out, but we just didn't handle the difficult course set up as well as we would have liked. We have some things to work on and will regroup before our final fall event next week."
Furman will conclude the 2014 fall season Oct. 26-28 at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
9 Furman 299 300 307 906 +54
T10 Taylor Totland 70 76 75 221 +8
T51 Reona Hirai 78 75 77 230 +17
T57 Laura DeMarco 78 74 80 232 +19
T60 Alice Chen 73 78 82 233 +20
T68 Valentina Romero 85 75 75 235 +22