WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Senior Alice Chen (-2) and sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (-2) each fired an opening round 70 to tie for eighth to lead the eighth-ranked Furman women's golf team in the opening day of the Landfall Tradition at the par 72, 6,166 yard Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Chen, a native of Princeton, N.J., started on No. 10 and birdied No. 11 to make the turn at an even 36 then notched birdies on No. 7 and No. 9 to finish the round at two-under. Srinivasan, who hails from Spartanburg, S.C., also teed off of No. 10 and made the turn at one-under after carding consecutive birdies on No. 14 and No. 15. She added an additional birdie on No. 8 to finish the round in a tie with Chen. The Paladin duo is four strokes behind Ana Belac (-6) of Duke, who leads the field with a 66 after one round of play.
Junior Haylee Harford (+2) is tied for 35th after carding an opening round 74. Harford paced the Paladins with five birdies on Friday, including back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and No. 12. Senior Reona Hirai (+6) scored a 78 with a birdie on No. 4 to tie for 80th, and senior Jacqueline Bendrick (+8) is tied for 89th after carding an 80 in the first round.
Freshman Madison Moosa (+2), who is playing as an individual, is tied for 35th after scoring a 74 with three birdies in round one.
Fourth-ranked Duke (-11) leads No. 2 Alabama (-10) by one stroke after Friday's play. No. 16 Michigan State (-6) is third, followed by ninth-ranked South Carolina (-3) in fourth. No. 17 Purdue (+2) is fifth, just two strokes ahead of the Paladins (+4).
The 54-hole tournament will continue on Saturday, with teams going off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. The Paladins will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9:15 a.m. and will play in a group with South Carolina and Purdue. 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
6 Furman 292 +4
T8 Natalie Srinivasan 70 -2
T8 Alice Chen 70 -2
T35 Haylee Harford 74 +2
T80 Reona Hirai 78 +6
T89 Jacqueline Bendrick 80 +8
T35 Madison Moosa* 74 +2
*-playing as an individual