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Harford Ties For First, Paladins Finish Second At Lady Puerto Rico Classic

RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO. -- Sophomore Haylee Harford (-1) tied for individual medalist honors Tuesday and the eighth-ranked Furman women's golf team finished in a tie for second at the 15th-annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the par 72, 6,164 yard Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. 

Harford birdied No. 1 and No. 12 to score a 76 in the final round for a three-day total of 70-69-76=215, ending up in a five-way tie for first place with Baylor's Maria Vesga (-1), Naomi Ko (-1) of N.C. State, Amy Lee (-1) of Baylor, and Maryland's Panitta Yusabai (-1).

Senior Taylor Totland (E) finished just one stroke back of the leaders in sixth place.  Totland shot an even 72 on Tuesday, with four birdies on the back nine, including birdies in three of the four holes from No. 15 to No. 18.  Junior Alice Chen (+6) came on strong in the final round, posting a team-high six birdies to fire a 69.  Chen birdied five holes on the back and recorded consecutive birdies on both No. 10 and No. 11 and again on No. 17 and No. 18.

Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (+12) shot a 78 in round three to tie for 47th, and rookie Carly Burkhardt (+20) added an 85 and tied for 69th.  Junior Reona Hirai (+8), who played as an individual, tied for 27th after carding a 76 with two birdies on Tuesday.

No. 29 N.C. State (+13) won the tournament by one stroke after leading the field with a 285 on Tuesday.  The Paladins (+14) tied for second with No. 15 Kent State (+14).  31st-ranked TCU (+19) finished fourth, followed by No. 6 Georgia (+20) in fifth place.

"Overall this was a good week for us," said Paladin head coach Jeff Hull, who is in his first year at the helm of the Furman program.  "We played well, finished second in a strong field, and Haylee was co-champion.  It is always our goal to have a chance to win with nine holes to play, and we did that today. Unfortunately, we couldn't finish it off.  It has been a while since we competed, so it is nice to start the spring with a good finish.  We are excited to compete again next week."

Furman will compete at the Central District Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla., February 20-21.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


1 Furman 290 293 295 878 +14

T1 Haylee Harford 70 69 76 215 -1

6 Taylor Totland 71 73 72 216 E

T20 Alice Chen 75 78 69 222 +6

T47 Natalie Srinivasan 74 76 78 228 +12

T69 Carly Burkhardt 76 75 85 236 +20

*T27 Reona Hirai 73 75 76 224 +8

*-playing as an individual