Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team carded a final-round 294 on Tuesday to finish second 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 each posted a 73 in the final round. Totland (E) birdied three holes to finish fourth, just three strokes back of Clemson freshman Alice Hewson (-3), who won individual medalist honors. Chen (+2) also scored three birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 13 and 14, to tie for fifth.
Freshman Haylee Harford (+5) was even on the front and notched three birdies to tie for tenth after carding a final-round 74, and senior Valentina Romero (+10) tied for 35th after posting a 76 on Tuesday. Freshman Annika Bovender (+15) shot a 74 to tie for 50th in her first collegiate tournament.
Sophomore Jacqueline Bendrick (+6), playing as an individual, scored three-straight birdies on No. 2, 3, and 4, to tie for 10th with a 73 in the final round, while fellow sophomore Reona Hirai, also playing as an individual, posted a team-best seven birdies, including five consecutive birdies from holes two through six, to lead the team with a final-round 71 and tie for 35th. Furman individual Macy McRaney (+17) tied for 57th after birdieing three holes on Tuesday to card a 79.
"The girls were solid during round three," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "The cooler, windier conditions made the course tricky to play, and we were able to move up a few spots. We didn't quite have the magic needed to win, but hats off to Missouri. They played great all week and had the low round today."
Missouri (+7) fired a tournament-best 290 on Tuesday to win the team title behind the strong play of Jess Meek (-1) and Michelle Butler (-1), who tied for second among individuals. Furman (+15) placed second, followed by New Mexico (+19) in third, while Clemson (+21) and Wake Forest (+21) tied for fourth.
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 [email protected]
Furman will compete at the Yale Intercollegiate in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 9-11.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
2 Furman 303 282 294 879 +15
4 Taylor Totland 75 68 73 216 E
T5 Alice Chen 76 69 73 218 +2
T10 Haylee Harford 76 71 74 221 +5
T14 Jacqueline Bendrick* 77 72 73 222 +6
T35 Valentina Romero 76 74 76 226 +10
T35 Reona Hirai* 77 78 71 226 +10
T50 Annika Bovender 78 79 74 231 +15
T57 Macy McRaney* 80 74 79 233 +17
* - playing as an individual