LEXINGTON, S.C. – Defending Southern Conference champion Furman (-8) holds the team lead after Sunday's first round of play at the Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship par-72, 6,153 yard Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C.
Seeking their third-straight title and 16th overall, the 10th-ranked Paladins shot an 8-under 280 on Sunday, the best round in the history of the SoCon tournament and the second-best in Furman program history, to take a 20-stroke lead over Chattanooga (+12).
Furman has four players in the top five including junior Alice Chen (-3) and freshman Natalie Srinivasan (-3), who are tied with ETSU's Loy Hee Ying for the individual lead after each fired a 69 on Sunday. Chen, who has held at least a share of the SoCon individual lead in each of the tournament's last four rounds, paced the Paladins with six birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 and again on No. 13 and No. 14, in the opening round, while Srinivasan added four birdies, with three in the last six holes.
Freshman Carly Burkhardt (-2) is in fourth place after carding a 70 with birdies on No. 13 and No. 18 on Sunday, while senior Taylor Totland (E) stands in fifth place after shooting an even 72 with birdies on No. 3 and No. 6 in the first round. Sophomore Haylee Harford (+4) shot a 76 to tie for 14th.
Due to inclement weather in the Lexington area, Monday's round has been cancelled. The final round of the 36-hole tournament will begin Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The Paladins will tee off of No. 1 at 10:20 a.m. and play in a group with ETSU and Chattanooga. Follow the team's Twitter account @FurmanWPaladins for updates on schedule changes. The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Fans can follow live scoring for the tournament by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com or at www.BirdieFire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
2017 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship
Country Club of Lexington
Par-72, 6,153 yards
1 Furman 280 -8
T1 Alice Chen 69 -3
T1 Natalie Srinivasan 69 -3
4 Carly Burkhardt 70 -2
5 Taylor Totland 72 E
T14 Haylee Harford 76 +4
Top 10 individuals
T-1. Alice Chen, Furman 69
T-1. Natalie Srinivasan, Furman 69
T-1. Loy Hee Ying, ETSU 69
4 Carly Burkhardt, Furman 70
5. Taylor Totland, Furman 72
T-6. Holly Morgan, Chattanooga 74
T-6. Marin Hannah, Mercer 74
T-6. Megan Woods, Chattanooga 74
T-6. Natalia Asensio, UNCG 74
T-10. Tiffany Kang, Mercer 75
T-10. Hallieanne Hobson, Samford 75
T-10. Louisa Tichy, UNCG 75
T-10. Dominika Czudkova, ETSU 75
1. Furman 280
2. Chattanooga 300
3. ETSU 301
4. Mercer 303
5. UNCG 324
6. Samford 325
T-7. Western Carolina 320
T-7. Wofford 320
9. The Citadel 343