GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Senior Haylee Harford (-9) turned in a final-round 71 to win individual medalist honors and lead the Furman (-8) women's golf team to victory Sunday at the 46th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,278-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
Harford, a native of Leavittsburg, Ohio, birdied No. 5 and made the turn at even par then added birdies on No. 11 and No. 13 to win the tournament by two strokes with a three-round total of 68-68-71=207. Tulsa's Lorena Tseng (-7) was the runner up after posting a 68 in Sunday's final round.
Furman senior Jacqueline Bendrick (-4) and junior Natalie Srinivasan (-4) tied for third. Bendrick, who paced the Paladins with five birdies, claimed three birdies in four holes from No. 2 through No. 5, to finish the round with a 71, while Srinivasan scored three birdies on the front to turn at three-under and also card a 71.
Furman sophomore Caitlin Cotterill (-1), playing as an individual, carded an even 72 with three birdies on the front, including consecutive birdies on No. 6 and No. 7, to tie for sixth, while sophomore Madison Moosa (+2) and freshman Kyra Cox (+2), who also played as individual, tied for 12th. Moosa recorded a 73 with three birdies in Sunday's final round, and Cox also added a 73 with three birdies, including back to back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4.
The Paladins won the tournament by 14 strokes over second-place Coastal Carolina (+6). Kennesaw State (+14) finished third, followed by Augusta (+15) in fourth place, while Kansas (+17) and North Florida (+17) tied for fifth place.
I am extremely proud of the entire team," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull, who is in his third year at the helm of the Paladin program. "Not only did our starting five win the title, but our three individuals all finished in the top 12, with Caitlin having a career-best sixth place finish. It was really exciting to see Haylee, Natalie, and Jacqueline all have a chance to win individually. I am excited for Haylee to capture her first Lady Paladin Championship in her final try with all of her family there to watch. It was a great week all around."
Furman will compete at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 12-14.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
1 Furman 283 283 290 856 -8
1 Haylee Harford 68 68 71 207 -9
T3 Jacqueline Bendrick 71 70 71 212 -4
T3 Natalie Srinivasan 70 71 71 212 -4
T6 Caitlin Cotterill* 71 72 72 215 -1
T12 Madison Moosa* 75 70 73 218 +2
T12 Kyra Cox* 69 76 73 218 +2
T48 Carly Burkhardt 74 75 77 226 +10
71 Marra Burton 77 74 80 231 +15
* - playing as an individual