HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Sophomore Taylor Totland (E) carded a 74 to tie for sixth place to lead the 20th-ranked Furman women's golf team Saturday in the second round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the par 71, 6,221 yard Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
Totland, a native of Tinton Falls, N.J, parred the first five holes then birdied No. 6, making the turn even and finishing the day seven strokes back of Duke's Leona Maguire Gabriella (-4), who carded a tournament-record 65 on Saturday to lead all individuals by one stroke heading into the final round of play.
Junior Valentina Romero (+6) notched consecutive birdies on No. 5 and No. 6 then scored an additional birdie on No. 12 to enter Sunday's final round tied for 21st, while rookie Alice Chen (+2) led the Paladins with a 73 in the second round with a birdie on No. 6 and back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16. She is tied for 45th after two rounds.
Paladin freshman Reona Hirai (+11) scored three birdies on the front to card a 77 on Saturday, tying for 52nd, while fellow freshman Jacqueline Bendrick (+13) is tied for 62nd after birdieing No. 18 to card a 76 in the second round.
#6 Duke (+8) leads #8 LSU (+9) by one stroke entering Sunday's final round. #3 Southern California (+13), #9 Mississippi State (+23), and #2 South Carolina (+24) complete the top five. #16 Tennessee (+26) is sixth, while #12 Wake Forest (+28) sits in seventh place. The Paladins (+29) moved up one spot after Saturday's round to enter Sunday's play in eighth place.
"We didn't have our best stuff today, but we put together a solid team effort," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "We would love to move up a few more sports tomorrow in this extremely competitive field."
The final round of the 54-hole tournament, which features 11 of the last 14 national champions and 12 teams ranked among the top 20 in the latest Golfstat rankings, begins Sunday at 8:00 a.m. The Paladins tee off of No. 1 at 8:00 a.m. to begin the final round. 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
8 Furman 300 297 597 +29
T6 Taylor Totland 71 74 145 +3
T21 Valentina Romero 74 74 148 +6
T45 Alice Chen 79 73 153 +11
T52 Reona Hirai 76 77 153 +11
T62 Jacqueline Bendrick 79 76 155 +13