SUNSET, S.C. -- Sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (-9) fired a 69 on Sunday to tie for second as the seventh-ranked Furman women's golf team won the Clemson Invitational by ten strokes at the par 72, 6,260 yard The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, S.C.
The Paladins (-30), who scored 64 birdies over the tournament's three rounds, placed four players in the top 10 and all five in the top 15 in a strong field which included four top-20 teams and 11 teams ranked in the top 46. Eleventh-ranked Michigan State (-20) finished second, followed by No. 35 Clemson (-18) in third. No. 30 Vanderbilt (-2) placed fourth, and No. 46 Ohio State (E) rounded out the top five.
"This was a very impressive win for us," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull at the conclusion of the tournament. "We set 18,36, and 54 hole records, along with placing all five players in the top 15 with Natalie finishing second. We finished second there two years in a row, so winning was extra special. Everyone played great and it was really fun to watch. The second round in particular is a round I will never forget, with all five players shooting in the 60's!"
Srinivasan, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., scored a 69 in each of the tournament's rounds and tallied a team-high five birdies on Sunday to finish one stroke back of Clemson's Alice Hewson, who won individual medalist honors after recording rounds of 70-69-67=206.
Seniors Jacqueline Bendrick (-6) and Alice Chen (-6) tied for seventh. Bendrick, who notched her second-straight top-10 finish and the third top-10 finish in her last four tournaments, carded a 70 with three birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 7 and No. 8 in the final round. Chen added a 73 with birdies on No. 5 and No. 17 during round three.
Senior Reona Hirai (-5) scored a 76 Sunday to finish in a tie for tenth, and junior Haylee Harford (-3) shot an even 72 with four birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and No. 7, tying for 15th.
Sophomore Marra Burton and freshmen Caitlin Cotterill and Madison Moosa played as individuals. Moosa (+11) tied for 60th after shooting a 77 with birdies on No. 5 and No. 10 in the final round, while Burton (+12) tied for 63rd after scoring a 79 with a birdie on No. 10. Cotterill (+16) carded a career-best 73 with a birdie on No. 13 to tie for 69th.
Furman will compete at the Bryan National Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., April 6-8.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
1 Furman 277 273 284 834 -30
T2 Natalie Srinivasan 69 69 69 207 -9
T7 Jacqueline Bendrick 71 69 70 210 -6
T7 Alice Chen 70 67 73 210 -6
T10 Reona Hirai 67 68 76 211 -5
T15 Haylee Harford 72 69 72 213 -3
T60 Madison Moosa* 78 72 77 227 +11
T63 Marra Burton* 76 73 79 228 +12
T69 Caitlin Cotterill* 78 81 73 232 +16
*-playing as an individual