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Furman's Valentina Romero Ties For 33rd At Cougar Challenge

Valentina Romero
Valentina Romero

HANAHAN, S.C. -- Senior Valentina Romero (+7) carded a final-round 76 on Tuesday to tie for 33rd at the 13th Annual Powerade Cougar Classic at the par 72, 6,204 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.   

Romero led the Paladins with a team-high five birdies in the final round, including four on the front nine.  Sophomore Jacqueline Bendrick (+8) tied for 35th after carding a 76 with a birdie on No. 15 on Tuesday, while junior Taylor Totland (+8) finished the tournament in a tie for 40th with back-to-back birdies on No. 14 and 15 in the tournament's final round.  Sophomore Reona Hirai (+11) carded a 77 with three birdies on Tuesday to tie for 56th, and rookie Haylee Harford (+12) tied for 60th in her first collegiate tournament.

Fourth-ranked Arkansas (-7) became only the second school in the 13-year history of the tournament to win back-to-back team titles with a seven-under 857.  Georgia (E) finished second, followed by Virginia (+1) in third.  The Paladins (+32) placed 11th.  Clemson freshman Alice Hewson (-6) and Florida's Taylor Tomlinson (-6) earned co-individual medalist honors after each scored a 74 in the final round.

"The course played differently each day, and our team never could get comfortable with the increased green speeds today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her fourth year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "It was really a struggle across the board.  Handling adversity early in the season can be a good thing if you are able to learn from it and improve from it.  This will be one of our goals over the next week as we prepare for the Lady Paladin."

Furman will compete in the Lady Paladin Invitational September 20-22.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

11 Furman 298 291 307 896 +32

T33 Valentina Romero 73 74 76 223 +7

T35 Jacqueline Bendrick 77 71 76 224 +8

T40 Taylor Totland 72 75 78 225 +9

T56 Reona Hirai 77 73 77 227 +11

T60 Haylee Harford 76 73 79 228 +12