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No. 14 Furman To Open Fall Season At Cougar Classic

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team, which is ranked 14th in the WGCA preseason poll, will open the 2018-19 season Sunday at the 15th Annual Cougar Classic at the par 72, 2,261 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.  

The 54-hole tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, with teams teeing off of No. 1 and No. 10.  Teams will also go off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, and the tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.  Furman will tee off of No. 10 beginning at 9:27 a.m. on Sunday and will tee off of No. 1 starting at 9:42 a.m. on Monday.  Both days the Paladins will play in a group with N.C. State and Vanderbilt.

"We are very excited to compete at Yeamans Hall for the Cougar Classic," said Furman women's golf head coach Jeff Hull, who is in his third year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "This is such a great event which is played on one of the best courses in the state.  We did not get to compete there last year, because the course was closed for some renovations.  We played very well there two years ago, so the team can't wait to go back.  I really like the team we have this year, so it would be great to get off to a good start before we come back to Greenville for the Lady Paladin."

Furman will be joined in the 19-team field by No. 3 Arkansas, 20th-ranked Baylor, Boston College, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, No. 12 Florida, 15th-ranked Florida State, Georgetown, Indiana, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCF, 25th-ranked Vanderbilt and No. 17 Wake Forest.

The Paladin lineup for the Cougar Classic includes seniors Jacqueline Bendrick and Haylee Harford, juniors Marra Burton and Natalie Srinivasan, and sophomore Carly Burkhardt.

The Paladins, who placed 11th at the 2018 NCAA Championships, claimed their fourth-straight SoCon Championship last season and return their top three golfers from 2018, including Srinivasan, who earned a WGCA All-America citation last season, and Harford, who joined Srinivasan on the Golfweek All-American list in 2018. 

Admission to this weekend's tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information