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Harford & Chen Tied For 12th Place Following First Day Of Minnesota Invitational

Haylee Harford & Furman Assistant Coach Jeff Hull
Haylee Harford & Furman Assistant Coach Jeff Hull

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -- Sophomore Haylee Harford (+3) and junior Alice Chen (+3) are tied for 12th place to lead No. 16 Furman (+20) following the opening day of the 2016-17 season Monday at the Minnesota Invitational at the par 72, 6,119 yard Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn.   

Harford, who hails from Leavittsburg, Ohio, carded two birdies for a 75 in the morning round then eagled the par-5 No. 13 for an even 72 in the afternoon round.  A native of Princeton, N.J., Chen scored two birdies in round one to card a 74 then posted a team-high five birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 2 and No. 3, for a one-over 73 in the afternoon round.  The Paladin duo is four strokes back of the four players tied atop the leaderboard, who each shot a two-round 143.

Texas (+14) holds a slim, one-stroke lead over both Louisville (+15) and Purdue (+15), who are tied for second.  TCU (+18) finished Monday's play in fourth-place, just two strokes ahead of the Paladins, who are tied for fifth-place with Kentucky (+2).

Paladin senior Taylor Totland (+6) led the team with three birdies to score a 74 in the morning round then added a birdie on No. 6 in the second round, carding a 76 to tie for 22nd place.  Junior Jacqueline Bendrick (+8) is tied for 35th after recording a 76 in each of the two rounds, with two birdies in round one and three in round two, while rookie Natalie Srinivasan (+13) is in 49th place.  Junior Reona Hirai (+5), who is playing as an individual, posted two birdies on the front for a 75 in the morning round then added two birdies to card a 74 in the afternoon, tying for 17th. 

The 54-hole tournament will conclude Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.  Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


T5 Furman 299 297 596 +20

T12 Haylee Harford 75 72 147 +3

T12 Alice Chen 74 73 147 +3

T22 Taylor Totland 74 76 150 +6

T35 Jacqueline Bendrick 76 76 152 +8

49 Natalie Srinivasan 81 76 157 +13

*T17 Reona Hirai 75 74 149 +5

*-playing as an individual