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Chen Second; Paladins Second After Two Rounds Of 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate

Alice Chen
Alice Chen

AUGUSTA, GA. -- Freshman Alice Chen (-2) and sophomore Taylor Totland (-1) each fired a 68 on Saturday to lead the 21st-ranked Furman women's golf team in the second round of the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate at the par 71, 6,085 yard Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. 

After two rounds of competition, the Paladins (+14) are in second place, just three strokes back of #43 Coastal Carolina (+11), who led the field with a 281 on Saturday.  Kennesaw State (+16) is third, while Troy (+20) is fourth, and #40 GRU Augusta (+21) rounds out the top five.  

Chen, a native of Princeton, N.J, sits alone in second place after scoring a team-best five birdies on Saturday to finish the round three strokes behind Malene Krolboll Hanses of Coastal Carolina, who fired a 65 in the second round to move atop the leader board.

Totland birdied No. 8 then recorded three birdies on the back to tie for third heading into the final round, while rookie Reona Hirai (+8) carded back-to-back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 then birdied No. 17 to finish the round tied for 20th after scoring a second-round 74.

Senior Laura DeMarco (+9) eagled the par-5 No. 9 and also carded a 74, tying for 26th, while junior Valentina Romero (+13) scored birdies on No. 12 and No. 18 to tie for 44th after also notching a 74 in the second round.  Freshman Jacqueline Bendrick, who is playing as an individual, carded two birdies on the front and one on the back enter the final round in 31st place recording a second-round 75.

"I was really proud of the girls today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester.  "Everybody was pretty solid.  Alice and Taylor really played well, and the rest of the team was really close.  We lost a few strokes coming in, but we are still in the hunt.  Hopefully we can play well again tomorrow see where that puts us."

The final round of the 54-hole tournament begins with a shotgun start Sunday at 9 a.m.  The Paladins will tee off of holes No. 1 through 4.  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

2 Furman 298 284 582 +14

2 Alice Chen 72 68 140 -2

T3 Taylor Totland 73 68 141 -1

T20 Reona Hirai 76 74 150 +8

T26 Laura DeMarco 77 74 151 +9

T44 Valentina Romero 81 74 155 +13

*31 Jacqueline Bendrick 77 75 152 +10