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Paladins In Second Entering Final Round Of Clemson Invitational

Furman Head Coach Kelley Hester
Furman Head Coach Kelley Hester

LAKE KEOWEE, S.C. -- The 33rd-ranked Furman women's golf team continued its strong play Saturday and is tied for second place heading into the final round of the Clemson Invitational at the par-72, 6,263 yard The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

The Paladins (+1) have four players among the top 19 individuals, including junior Taylor Totland (-3), who is tied for fifth after carding an even 72 with birdies on No. 4 and No. 13.  Totland is three strokes back of individual leaders Samantha Wagner (-6) and Karolina Vlckova (-6) of Florida and Michigan State's Katie Sharp (-6) who are all tied at 138 following two rounds of play. 

Sophomore Alice Chen (-2) fired a 69 with a team-best six birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 4 and No. 5, to pace the Paladin team in the final round, tying for eighth.  Sophomore Jacqueline Bendrick (+3) and freshman Haylee Harford (+3) are tied for 19th after the Paladin duo each shot a 74 on Saturday.  Bendrick recorded three birdies, while Harford added back-to-back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5.

Senior Valentina Romero (+9) notched three birdies to tie for 48th, and sophomore Reona Hirai (+10), who is playing as an individual, birdied No. 11 to tie for 57th.

Eighth-ranked Florida (-2) shot a 290 on Saturday to take a three stroke lead over the Paladins, who led the field with a 289 in the second round.  Oklahoma (+2) sits in third, while No. 42 Vanderbilt (+3) and No. 46 Michigan State (+3) are tied for fourth.  

Furman is joined in the 14-team field by Boston College, #46 Clemson, #8 Florida, #34 Augusta, #28 Houston, Kennesaw State, #47 Michigan State, Oklahoma, #19 Tennessee, #32 Texas A&M, UNC Wilmington, #42 Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.

"The girls really hung in there today despite the difficult conditions, as the wind picked up and the greens became firmer throughout the day," said Furman women's golf head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her fourth year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "Fortunately, our scores were strong enough to place us in the lead group heading into tomorrow's final round."

The 54-hole tournament will conclude with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday.  Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

2 Furman 288 289 577 +1

T5 Taylor Totland 69 72 141 -3

T8 Alice Chen 73 69 142 -2

T19 Haylee Harford 73 74 147 +3

T19 Jacqueline Bendrick 73 74 147 +3

T48 Valentina Romero 75 78 153 +9

*T57 Reona Hirai 75 79 154 +10