GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Alice Chen (-5) fired a second-round 69 to surge into the individual lead Saturday at the 44th Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,313-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
The Paladins (-9) held onto a share of the team lead, adding a 286 on Saturday for a two-round total of 567. Texas (-9) is tied with Furman for the lead, while Illinois (-4) stands in third following the second round. Augusta (+2) led the field on Saturday with a 278, shattering the tournament's previous single round record of 281, set by Wisconsin in 2013, and heads into Sunday's final round in fourth place. Middle Tennessee State (+7) completes the top five.
Chen birdied four holes in the second round, including three on the back nine, to take a one-stroke lead over Bing Singhsumalee (-4) of Illinois and Emilee Hoffman (-4) of Texas. Chen's two-day total of 70-69=139 ties the second-lowest 36 hole score in the history of the tournament.
Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (-2) carded a one-over 73 with three birdies on Saturday to enter the final round tied for seventh, while sophomore Haylee Harford (-1) is tied for 9th after also adding a 73 with three birdies in the second round. Senior Taylor Totland (E) recorded a 72 with three birdies to enter Sunday's round tied for 15th, and rookie Carly Burkhardt (+1) is tied for 22nd after scoring an even 72 with four birdies.
Junior Reona Hirai (+2), who is playing as an individual, shot a second-round 70 with four birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 2 and No. 3, to tie for 31st.
Final round play of the 54-hold tournament is slated for Sunday at 8 a.m. Furman will tee off of No. 1 at 9:30 a.m. in the final round.
Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T1 Furman 281 286 567 -9
1 Alice Chen 70 69 139 -5
T7 Natalie Srinivasan 69 73 142 -2
T9 Haylee Harford 70 73 143 -1
T15 Taylor Totland 72 72 144 E
T22 Carly Burkhardt 73 72 145 +1
T31 Reona Hirai* 76 70 146 +2
* - playing as an individual