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Furman To Entertain 16 Teams At 46th Lady Paladin Invitational

Jacqueline Bendrick
Jacqueline Bendrick

Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team will entertain 16 teams at the 46th Lady Paladin Invitational Golf Tournament this weekend, September 21-23, at the par-72, 6,278-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

"We are excited to  host the 46th Lady Paladin Invitational," said Jeff Hull, who is in his third year as the head coach of the Furman program.  "It's always fun to play at home, especially with all of the families coming into town.  We did very well in our last event, so we are coming in with some confidence and hope to have a victory at the end of the weekend."

The 54-hole tournament begins with opening round play at 9 a.m. on Friday.  Second round play tees off at 9 a.m. on Saturday with Sunday's final round scheduled for a shotgun start at 9 a.m.  Furman will tee-off of No. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. in first round play.  

Furman will be joined in the field this year by Augusta, Coastal Carolina, Daytona State, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, James Madison, Kansas, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, Memphis, North Florida, Old Dominion, South Florida, Texas Tech, and Tulsa.

The Paladin lineup for the tournament includes seniors Haylee Harford and Jacqueline Bendrick, juniors Marra Burton and Natalie Srinivasan, and sophomore Carly Burkhardt.  Sophomores Caitlin Cotterill and Madison Moosa and freshman Kyra Cox will compete as individuals.

Last season the Paladins claimed the team title with a three-round score of 857, and individual medalist Jiwon Jeon (-11) of Daytona State shattered the tournament record with a three-day total of 64-71-70=205.  Furman's Harford finished second, while Srinivasan and Bendrick each posted top-25 finishes.

The Lady Paladin Invitational began in 1972 with Furman claiming the inaugural title and Lady Paladin Beth Solomon taking individual medalist honors.  Over the years, many of the most recognizable names in women's golf have won the tournament including Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Sherri Turner, Donna Andrews, and Dottie Pepper.

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via http://www.FurmanPaladins.com and http://www.birdiefire.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information