GREENVILLE, S.C. -- For the second day in a row, senior Haylee Harford (-8) carded a 68 to move into sole possession of the individual lead and help the Furman women's golf team (-10) to a 14-stroke advantage Saturday at the 46th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,278-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
Harford, who hails from Leavittsburg, Ohio, scored three birdies on the front, with consecutive birdies on No. 6 and No. 7, then added three additional birdies on the back to pace Furman with six birdies on the day. She concluded the round with a two-stroke lead at eight-under.
Four players are tied for second place, including Furman's Jacqueline Bendrick (-3) and Natalie Srinivasan (-3). Bendrick, a senior from Mercer Island, Wash., made the turn at even par then birdied No. 12 and No. 12 before eagling the par-5 No. 13. She added a final birdie on No. 17 to card a 70 on Saturday. A junior from Spartanburg, S.C., Srinivasan notched four birdies, including three on the back nine, to finish the round with a one-under 71.
Sophomore Carly Burkhardt (+5) recorded a 75 with a birdie on No. 3, tying for 34th, and junior Marra Burton (+7) added a 74 with birdies on No. 2 and No. 15 on Saturday. She enters the final round tied for 44th.
Furman sophomore Caitlin Cotterill (-1), playing as an individual, scored a hole in one on the par-3 No. 4, then birdied No. 5. She is tied for sixth after posting an even 72 in round two. Sophomore Madison Moosa (+1) and freshman Kyra Cox (+1) are playing as individuals and are tied for 12th. Moosa fired a 70 with four birdies on the back nine, and Cox scored a 76 with birdies on No. 3 and No. 8.
The Paladins led the field with a 283 for the second-straight day. Kennesaw State (+4) is in second, just two strokes ahead of third-place Coastal Carolina (+6). Augusta State (+11) sits in fourth entering Sunday's final round, followed by North Florida (+13) two strokes back in fifth place.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday. Furman will tee off of holes No. 1 through 3 and will play in a group with Kennesaw State and Coastal Carolina. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
1 Furman 283 283 566 -10
1 Haylee Harford 68 68 136 -8
T2 Jacqueline Bendrick 71 70 141 -3
T2 Natalie Srinivasan 70 71 141 -3
T6 Caitlin Cotterill* 71 72 143 -1
T12 Madison Moosa* 75 70 145 +1
T12 Kyra Cox* 69 76 145 +1
T34 Carly Burkhardt 74 75 149 +5
T44 Marra Burton 77 74 151 +7
* - playing as an individual