No. 8 Furman To Compete At Clemson Invitational

Reona Hirai
Reona Hirai

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The eighth-ranked Furman women's golf team will compete at the Clemson Invitational this weekend at the par 72, 6,260 yard The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. 

The 54-hole tournament will begin Friday at 8:00 a.m.  The Paladins will tee off of No. 1 at 9:30 a.m. and will play in a group with Tulane and Louisville.  Teams will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and the tournament will conclude on Sunday with teams teeing off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8 a.m.

Furman will be joined in the 17-team field by 42nd-ranked Clemson, Columbia, No. 5 Florida, sixth-ranked Florida State, No. 47 Houston, 43rd-ranked Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, 24th-ranked Oklahoma, No. 30 Ohio State, 32nd-ranked Tennessee, 21st-ranked Texas, No. 18 Texas A&M, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and UNC Wilmington.

The Paladin lineup for the Clemson Invitational includes senior Taylor Totland, juniors Alice Chen and Reona Hirai, sophomore Haylee Harford, and freshman Natalie Srinivasan.  Freshman Carly Burkhardt will compete as an individual.

Five Paladin players rank among the top-125 nationally.  Harford, the 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year, leads the Paladins with a 72.3 stroke average and ranks 33rd nationally.  Totland, who tied for 20th among the individuals at last season's national championships, ranks 47th and is second on the Furman team with a 72.6 stroke average, while Chen, the 2016 SoCon Co-Player of the Year, ranks 65th and holds a 72.8 stroke average.  Srinivasan currently holds an 96th place rating and a 73.7 stroke average, and Hirai ranks 118th and boasts a 74.1 stroke average.

"Everyone is very excited about playing this weekend at The Reserve for the Clemson Invitational," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull.  "We played well there last year, so we have positive thoughts going in, plus it is kind of like a home event for us since it is so close by.  We would love to have everyone come out and cheer us on!"

Admission to this weekend's tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information