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No. 8 Paladins Lead Clemson Invitational; Chen Tied For Second

Alice Chen
Alice Chen

SUNSET, S.C. -- Junior Alice Chen (-7) carded a second-round 69 tie for second and lead the eighth-ranked Furman (-8) women's golf team to the team lead Saturday at the Clemson Invitational at the par 72, 6,260 yard The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C. 

Chen, a native of Princeton, N.J., who ranks 65th nationally, scored a team-high four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 1 and No. 2, to finish the round one stroke back of Sophia Schubert (-8) of Texas, who has a two-day total of 69-67=136.

Senior Taylor Totland (-1) shot an even 72 with three birdies to enter Sunday's final round tied for 13th, and freshman Natalie Srinivasan (E) carded a 71 with birdies on No. 4 and No. 17 to tie for 21st after two rounds.  Sophomore Haylee Harford (+1) also recorded an even 72 with a birdie on No. 5 and is tied for 27th heading into the last round.  Junior Reona Hirai (+2) fired a 71 with birdies on No. 10 and No. 18 to enter Sunday in 30th place.

Freshman Carly Burkhardt (E), who leads all individuals at the tournament, is tied for 21st after carding a one-under 71 on Saturday with back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16.

The Paladins hold a one-stroke lead over fifth-ranked Florida (-7) and No. 6 Florida State (-7), who led the field with a 10-under 278 on Saturday.  No. 21 Texas (-5) is in fourth place, followed by Michigan State (-1) in fifth.

"We played another solid round today and are happy to be leading at -8," said Paladin head coach Jeff Hull.  "We are in a tight race against some really good teams, so it will be fun to compete tomorrow."

The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Sunday when teams will tee off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8 a.m.  Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9:39 a.m. and will play in a group with Florida and Florida State.  Burkhardt will tee off of No. 10 at 10:15 a.m.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

1 Furman 285 283 568 -8

T2 Alice Chen 68 69 137 -7

T13 Taylor Totland 71 72 143 -1

T21 Natalie Srinivasan 73 71 144 E

T27 Haylee Harford 73 72 145 +1

30 Reona Hirai 75 71 146 +2

T21 Carly Burkhardt* 73 71 144 E

*-playing as an individual