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No. 11 Furman To Compete At North Carolina This Weekend

Kyra Cox
Kyra Cox

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team, which is ranked 11th in the latest WGCA poll, will begin competition Friday at the 43rd Annual Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational at the par 72, 6,379 yard UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The 54-hole tournament begins with an noon shotgun start on Friday.  Furman will start on holes No. 6 through No. 9 and will play in a group with Louisville and Michigan.  Teams will go off of No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:51 a.m. on Saturday, and the tournament will conclude with a 9:15 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday.  

Furman will be joined in the 18-team field by Arkansas, Charlotte, Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, host North Carolina, Ohio State, Rollins, South Carolina, Tulane, UNCW, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

The Paladin lineup for the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational includes seniors Jacqueline Bendrick and Haylee Harford, junior Natalie Srinivasan, sophomore Caitlin Cotterill, and freshman Kyra Cox.

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. 

Furman opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the weather-shortened Cougar Classic, where Harford and Srinivasan tied for third to pace the Paladins.  The team then returned home to win the Lady Paladin Invitational, and Haylee Harford claimed individual medalist honors.  The Paladins placed four players among the top six and six players among the top 12.

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