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 www.golfstat.com.
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