Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team carded a tournament-best 282 on Monday to climb into fourth place after two rounds at the 44th Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,313-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
Junior Taylor Totland and sophomore Alice Chen posted rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, to power the Paladins to a six-under 282. Totland (-1) birdied three holes on the back nine and played her final 12 holes at five-under to move into a tie for third place through 36 holes. Chen (+1), who shot a four-over 76 on Sunday, also birdied five of her final 12 holes to rebound on day two of the tournament. She climbed into a tie for ninth place.
Furman's 282 marks the second-best round in the history of both the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Paladin women's golf program. Furman was one shot shy of tying the tournament record of 281, set by Wisconsin in 2013, and one shot short of the program's best round, recorded in the final round of last year's Seminole Match-Up.
"The girls came back strong after a tough first round and put together one of the best rounds in Furman women's golf history," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "Now we're in position to finish strong tomorrow and see where that puts us."
Wake Forest's Sierra Sims shot a three-under 69 to vault the Demon Deacons (+4) into a one-stroke lead over second place Missouri (+5) after both schools shot an even-par 288 on Monday. First round leader Clemson holds third place at eight-over with Furman (+9) and New Mexico (+12) rounding out the top five teams in the 17-team field.
Clemson's Alice Hewson (-4) maintained the tournament's individual lead by following her opening round 67 with a one-over 73 on Monday. She leads second place Michelle Butler (-2) of Missouri by one stroke with Furman's Totland, Samford's Anna Buchanan and Missouri's Jess Meek tied for third place at one-under.
The teams at this year's tournament are again participating in Birdies for Water to benefit Golf Fore Africa, a 501 (c)(3) founded in 2006 by Furman golf alumna and LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King. To date GFA has raised over 2.5 million dollars to fund projects in Rwanda, Lesotho, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and Zambia. Currently Golf Fore Africa is raising two million dollars to bring clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to over 100 villages in rural Zambia.
Each team at the tournament has been invited to raise money by securing flat donations and pledges for each birdie their team members record during the tournament, with a goal of raising $30,000. Last year teams at the Lady Paladin Invitational raised almost $30,000, with the Furman team raising over $10,000, eclipsing the tournament goal of $15,000, the amount needed to bring clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to one village.
To sponsor the Furman women's golf team in this endeavor, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/furman-paladins/lady-paladin-invitationals-birdies-for-water-event or e-mail Hester at Kelley.Hester@Furman.edu.
Final round play is set to begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.birdiefire.com.
4 Furman 303 282 585 +9
T3 Taylor Totland 75 68 143 -1
T9 Alice Chen 76 69 145 +1
T15 Haylee Harford 76 71 147 +3
T27 Jacqueline Bendrick* 77 72 149 +5
T33 Valentina Romero 76 74 150 +6
T48 Macy McRaney* 80 74 154 +10
T57 Reona Hirai* 77 78 155 +11
T68 Annika Bovender 78 79 157 +13
* - playing as an individual
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information