KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Furman sophomore Taylor Totland (+1) carded a 74 in Monday's second round to tie for ninth place individually as the Paladins moved into third place at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the par 72, 5,972 yards Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Totland teed off of No. 10 and birdied two holes on the back and one on the front to finish the round at two over, six strokes behind leader CC Buford (-5) of College of Charleston, who carded a 68 in Monday's second round.
Coastal Carolina (-4) remains in first place following two rounds of play. The Chanticleers hold a 12-stroke lead over No. 25 GRU Augusta (+8), while the 30th-ranked Paladins (+14) moved into third place. Thirty-ninth ranked Kansas (+15) is in fourth, followed by No. 42 Kansas State (+23) in fifth place.
"We never could quite get anything going today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her third year at the helm of the Paladin program. "We started on the back nine, which is a little more challenging. The plan was to get a few shots back at the turn, but we just weren't able to avoid some bogeys. We will regroup and do our best to chase the leaders tomorrow."
Paladin junior Valentina Romero (+4) birdied two holes on the front to tie for 18th place heading into Tuesday's play, while freshman Reona Hirai (+5) is tied for 23rd following two rounds of play. Freshman Alice Chen (+6) is tied for 27th after birdieing No. 18 on Monday, and senior Laura DeMarco (+11) enters Tuesday's final round tied for 58th place after notching two birdies in the second round.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start. The Paladins will tee off of holes No. 1, 2, and 3. 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
3 Furman 285 305 590 +14
T9 Taylor Totland 71 74 145 +1
T18 Valentina Romero 71 77 148 +4
T23 Reona Hirai 70 79 149 +5
T27 Alice Chen 73 77 150 +6
T58 Laura DeMarco 78 77 155 +11