AUSTIN, Texas. -- Junior Haylee Harford (-1) is tied for sixth to lead the Furman women's golf team following two rounds of play Monday in the first day of the Betsy Rawls Invitational at the par 72, 6,492 yard University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas.
Harford, who hails from Leavittsburg, Ohio, recorded two birdies to card an opening round 73 then teed off of No. 9 in the afternoon round and fired a 70 with a team-high five birdies, including four-straight from holes No. 4 through No. 7, to finish the day six strokes back of leader Alice Hewson of Clemson, who paced the field with a two-round total of 70-67=137.
Sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (+1) scored a 74 with three birdies in round one and added a one-under 71 with four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 13 and No. 14, to tie for 14th, and senior Reona Hirai (+5) notched a 74 with three birdies in the morning round and a 74 with back-to-back birdies on No. 16 and No. 17 in the afternoon. Hirai enters Tuesday's round tied for 36th. Freshman Madison Moosa (+6), who is playing as an individual, is tied for 42nd after scoring a 75 in each of Monday's rounds. Moosa birdied No. 15 in round one and recorded four birdies in the second round, including consecutive birdies on No. 17 and No. 18.
Senior Jacqueline Bendrick (+11) is tied for 67th after scoring a 77 in round one and adding a 78 in round two. Bendrick, who eagled the par-5 No. 9 in the morning round, added two additional birdies in round one and birdied No. 4 in the afternoon. Senior Alice Chen (+12) carded a 78 in each round, with birdies on No. 14 and 17 in round two.
Host Texas (-8) holds a 13-stroke lead over Arizona State (+5) heading into Tuesday's final round. Clemson (+8) is in third, followed by Miami (+10) in fourth. UNLV (+14) and Houston (+14) are tied for fifth. Kent State (+15) sits in seventh, and Furman (+16) and Texas State (+16) are tied for eighth.
The 54-hole tournament, which is being held at one of the four 2018 NCAA women's golf regional sites, will conclude on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The Paladins will tee off of holes No. 8 through No. 10 and will play in a group with Kent State and Texas State. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T8 Furman 299 293 592 +16 +
T6 Haylee Harford 73 70 143 -1
T14 Natalie Srinivasan 74 71 145 +1
T36 Reona Hirai 75 74 149 +5
T67 Jacqueline Bendrick 77 78 155 +6
70 Alice Chen 78 78 156 +12
T42 Madison Moosa* 75 75 150 +6
*-playing as an individual