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Paladins Win Yale Intercollegiate

Furman Head Coach Kelley Hester
Furman Head Coach Kelley Hester

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Furman (+16) placed four players among the top 13 to win the Yale Intercollegiate by five strokes over second-place Clemson (+21) Sunday at the par 71, 6,008 yard The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. 

Sophomore Alice Chen (E) finished third after scoring a 76 on Sunday, while freshman Haylee Harford (+1), who carded two crucial birdies on No. 16 and 17 to keep the Paladins in the lead, tallied a final-round 72 for fourth place.  Chen was two strokes back and Harford three strokes behind individual winners Lauren Stephenson (-2) of Clemson and Michigan's Emily White (-2), who each posted a three-round total of 211.

Sophomore Jacqueline Bendrick (+10) and junior Taylor Totland (+10) tied for 13th.  Bendrick fired a team-best 68 on Sunday, leading the Paladins with five birdies, including four on the back nine to keep Furman in contention.  Totland birdied No. 3 and No. 17 to score a 74 on Sunday.

Sophomore Reona Hirai (+12), who was playing as an individual, tied for 20th after birdieing No. 4 and No. 16 to shoot a 77 in the final round, while senior Valentina Romero (+21) tied for 50th with a 78 on Sunday.

The Paladins claimed first place, followed by Clemson, while Michigan (+26) took third.  Vanderbilt (+32) placed fourth, and Princeton (+42) completed the top five.

"This is a big win for us over some strong teams," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her fourth year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "I am so happy for our girls.  This was truly a team effort, as we had four players in the top 15.  Alice and Haylee were steady all week, just missing a playoff for first among the individuals."

Furman will compete at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Kiawah Island, S.C., October 25-27.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


1 Furman 290 288 290 868 +16

3 Alice Chen 69 68 76 213 E

4 Haylee Harford 70 72 72 214 +1

T13 Taylor Totland 78 71 74 223 +10

T13 Jacqueline Bendrick 73 82 68 223 +10

T50 Valentina Romero 79 77 78 234 +21

T20 Reona Hirai* 80 68 77 225 +12

* - playing as an individual