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Totland Tied For Sixth After Second Day Of Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

Taylor Totland
Taylor Totland

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