MACON, GA. -- Sophomore Haylee Harford (E) fired an opening round 71 and added a 73 in the second round to take the individual lead and help the ninth-ranked Furman (+8) women's golf team to the team lead following two rounds Monday at the Brickyard Collegiate at the par 72, 6,269 yard The Brickyard Golf Club in Macon, Ga.
Harford, a native of Leavittsburg, Ohio, who ranks 39th nationally, birdied No. 9 and No. 15 in the opening round then recorded four birdies in the second round to take a one-stroke lead over Paladin junior Reona Hirai (+1) who is tied for second entering Tuesday's final round. Hirai shot an even 72 and paced Furman with four birdies in round one then scored a 73 with four additional birdies in Monday's final round.
Freshman Carly Burkhardt (+3) carded a 76 in round one then rebounded with a one-under 71 and a team-high five birdies in the second round. Burkhardt is tied for 13th after two rounds. Rookie Natalie Srinivasan (+4) is tied for 16th after posting a 74 in each round on Monday. Srinivasan birdied No. 11 and No. 15 in round one and No 16 in round two. Junior Alice Chen (+9) had three birdies in each round on Monday. She is tied for 34th after scoring rounds of 79 and 74.
The Paladins hold a three-stroke lead over 21st-ranked Texas A&M (+11). No. 42 Augusta (+17) is in third place, followed by Kennesaw State (+21) in fourth. Southern Conference foe East Tennessee State (+23) completes the top five.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday, with teams teeing off of No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 8:20 a.m. Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9:20 a.m. and play in a group with Texas A&M, Augusta, and Kennesaw State. Admission is free, and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
1 Furman University 293 291 584 +8
1 Haylee Harford 71 73 144 E
T2 Reona Hirai 72 73 145 +1
T13 Carly Burkhardt 76 71 147 +3
T16 Natalie Srinivasan 74 74 148 +4
T34 Alice Chen 79 74 153 +9