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Harford Ties For 8th; Paladins Finish 12th At NCAA Championships

Haylee Harford
Haylee Harford

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- Sophomore Haylee Harford (+6) shot a one-under 71 to tie for eighth Monday at the 2017 NCAA Championships at the  par-72, 6,343 yard Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.  The ninth-ranked Paladins (+62) finished 12th at the championships. 

Harford, a native of Leavittsburg, Ohio, scored three birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 15 and No. 16, to finish the round five strokes behind individual medalist Arizona State's Monica Vaughn, who scored a 74-72-71=217 to take the title.

Senior Taylor Totland (+13) carded a 73 with three birdies in four holes between No. 2 and No. 5 on Monday.  Totland finished the round tied for 24th.  Junior Alice Chen (+20) notched a team-high four birdies in the final round of stroke play, including back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and No. 12, to score a 78 and tie for 74th at the end of Monday's play.

Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (+25), the 2017 SoCon Freshman of the Year, posted a 78 to tie for 95th, while fellow freshman Carly Burkhardt (+28) finished the round with consecutive birdies on No. 17 and No. 18 to score a 79 and tie for 110th.

No. 12 Northwestern (+33) led all teams at the end of stroke play, while top-ranked Stanford (+41) finished second, and No. 7 Arizona State (+45) took third.  Ohio State, who ranks 25th nationally, finished in fourth place after stroke play, while No. 3 Florida (+50) and sixth-ranked Southern California (+50) tied for fifth.  The top eight teams, which also included No. 17 Baylor, and 14th-ranked Kent State advanced to match play, which begins on Tuesday.  

"I think everyone is disappointed that we did not qualify for match play but also very proud of the year we had," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull.  "The conditions this week were some of the toughest I have ever seen, and we started in some really brutal weather.  After a rough start, the team rallied and had a real chance to make the cut.  Unfortunately, with a round being washed out, our deficit was too great to overcome.

"I am very proud of everyone," continued Hull.  "Taylor Totland capped off a great career at Furman with a t-24 finish.  Haylee Harford had a great post season, following up her fifth place finish at regionals with an eighth place finish at nationals.  A 12th-place finish at nationals is very respectable, and we are set up for a great season next year."

The Paladins were part of an 24-team field that played under the NCAA Championship's revised format, which was instituted in 2015.  The teams were scheduled to play 54 holes of stroke play over the course of three days, beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.  Because of Saturday's cancellation, the teams played 54 holes ending on Monday, and the top eight teams at the end of Monday's round moved into the match-play single elimination bracket.  Tuesday will feature the quarterfinals and semifinals, and the finals will be played Wednesday afternoon.

Furman, which secured the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by capturing its 16th SoCon Championship last month at the Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C., finished second last week at the NCAA Lubbock Regional to earn a berth at the NCAA Championship.  The Paladins finished 20th at last season's NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

12 Furman 323 302 301 926 +62

T8 Haylee Harford 76 75 71 222 +6

T24 Taylor Totland 80 76 73 229 +13

T74 Alice Chen 80 78 78 236 +20

T95 Natalie Srinivasan 87 75 79 241 +25

T110 Carly Burkhardt 89 76 79 244 +28