OXFORD, MS. -- Freshman Alice Chen (E) carded a 1-over 73 to tie for sixth, and the 15th-ranked Furman women's golf team moved into third place Saturday following two rounds of the Rebel Intercollegiate at the par 72, 6,210 yard Ole Miss Golf Course in Oxford, Miss.
Chen, a native of Princeton, N.J, birdied No. 3 and No. 14, finishing the round four strokes behind leader Josee Doyon (-4) of Kent State, who shot a 69 to open the tournament and added a 71 in Saturday's second round.
Freshman Jacqueline Bendrick (+2) recorded back-to-back birdies on No. 14 and 15 to score a 75 in the second round, tying for 14th place, while rookie Reona Hirai (+3) birdied No. 8 to tie for 20th after also carding a 75 on Saturday. Sophomore Taylor Totland (+6) led the Paladins with a 71 in the second round after posting a team-high three birdies and enters Sunday's find round tied for 33rd. Senior Laura DeMarco tallied two birdies on the front for an 80 in the second round, tying for 64th.
19th-ranked Texas A&M (+1) leads the tournament after posting a 288 on Saturday. #10 Tennessee (+4) is second, just two strokes ahead of the Paladins (+6). #18 Kent State if fourth (+8), while Fresno State (+9) completes the top five.
"We didn't play our best today, but we did hold it together after a mid-round rough patch," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "Our goal is always to be in the hunt with nine holes to play in the final round, and we are still in position for that. Overall, I'm pleased with where the girls are and how they responded to a course that played very differently than round one, with firm, faster greens and an opposite wind."
Sunday's final round of the 54-hole tournament, which features four teams ranked in the top 20 and five teams among the top 40, will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
3 Furman 288 294 582 +6
T6 Alice Chen 71 73 144 E
T14 Jacqueline Bendrick 71 75 146 +2
T20 Reona Hirai 72 75 147 +3
T33 Taylor Totland 79 71 150 +6
T64 Laura DeMarco 74 80 154 +10