LEXINGTON, S.C. – Tenth-ranked Furman (-8) won its third-straight Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship Tuesday at the par-72, 6,153 yard Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C.
With the win, the Paladins clinched the SoCon's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA field will be announced live on the Golf Channel beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 27.
Paladin freshman Natalie Srinivasan (-5) fired a 70 with three birdies to win individual medalist honors and was chosen the 2017 SoCon Freshman of the Year, marking the fourth-straight year that Furman has won the award. Paladin head coach Jeff Hull was voted SoCon Coach of the Year by his peers in his first season at the helm of the Furman program, and sophomore Haylee Harford won the Pinnacle Award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA on the championship team.
Due to inclement weather in the Lexington area on Monday, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes with just one round of play on Tuesday. Furman held a 20-stroke lead following Sunday's opening round and shot an even 288 to stretch the margin to 28, clinching their 16th SoCon title. Runner-up Chattanooga (+20) scored a 296 on Tuesday to beat third-place ETSU (+30) by ten strokes.
The Paladins placed all four counting scores in the top six, with 2016 SoCon Co-Player of the Year Alice Chen (-1) finishing second after posting a 74 with birdies on No. 11 and No. 12 in the final round, and senior Taylor Totland (+1), the 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, taking third place after carding a 73 with a birdie on No. 12.
Harford (+3), the 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year, tied for sixth after recording a 71 with three birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5, and freshman Carly Burkhardt (+6) finished tenth with an 80 on Tuesday.
"I can't be more proud of this team," said Hull. "Everyone contributed, and they all played very well. Winning the SoCon is always a big deal, and this was the perfect start to our postseason. I was also very proud of Natalie not only winning the tournament, but also earning freshman of the year honors."
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
2017 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship
Country Club of Lexington
Par-72, 6,153 yards
1 Furman 280 288 568 -8
1 Natalie Srinivasan 69 70 139 -5
2 Alice Chen 69 74 143 -1
3 Taylor Totland 72 73 145 +1
T6 Haylee Harford 76 71 147 +3
10 Carly Burkhardt 70 80 150 +6
Southern Conference Player of the Year
Loy Hee Ying, ETSU
Southern Conference Freshman of the Year
Natalie Srinivasan, Furman
Southern Conference Coach of the Year
Jeff Hull, Furman
Southern Conference Pinnacle Award Winner
Haylee Harford, Furman