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Three Paladins To Compete At Inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur

Three Paladins To Compete At Inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman senior Haylee Harford and junior Natalie Srinivasan, along with Paladin alum Alice Chen, have been invited to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur, which will be held April 3-6, 2019.

An international field of 72 women amateurs will compete over 54 holes of stroke play.  A cut will take place after 36 holes, advancing the leading 30 players to the final round at Augusta National Golf Club.  In the event of a tie after 54 holes, the winner will be decided by sudden-death playoff.

The first 36 holes will be contested over two days on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 3-4, 2019.  The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 5.  The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 6, and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.

Provided she remain an amateur, the 2019 Augusta National Women's Amateur Champion will receive an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women's Amateurs, the 2019 U.S. Women's Open, the 2019 Women's British Open, and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships for which she is eligible for one year.

NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from noon until 3 p.m. on April 6.  NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal's portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including on-site during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat.  Additionally, Golf Channel's "Live From the Masters" will commence on Friday, April 5, from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 6.

"I am so excited that Alice, Haylee, and Natalie were invited to play in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull.  "This should be an amazing event that will showcase the best in women's amateur golf.  Having three players in the field is special, and I am so proud of all of them.  It should be a very exciting week."

A native of Leavittsburg, Ohio, Harford concluded the fall season ranked 37th nationally with a Paladin-best 71.5 stroke average over 11 rounds.  She recorded three top-8 finishes in four fall tournaments and won individual medalist honors with a score of nine-under at the Lady Paladin Invitational in September.   

Harford, who earned a WGCA All-American second team citation in 2017, was selected to the Golfweek All-America third team as a sophomore then earned All-American honorable mention accolades from the publication as a junior.  She finished the 2017-18 season ranked 53rd nationally after placing second in the SoCon with a 73.03 stroke average over 36 rounds.  Harford, who finished among the top 10 individuals in five tournaments and among the top 20 in seven of 11 tournaments last season, earned her third-consecutive all-conference award in 2018.

Srinivasan, who hails from Spartanburg, S.C., ranks 66th nationally and is second on the Paladin team with a 72.4 stroke average over 11 rounds.  She tied for third at both the Cougar Classic and the Lady Paladin Invitational in the fall.  

Srinivasan earned a WGCA All-America honorable mention citation and claimed Golfweek third team All-America honors during her sophomore campaign in 2017-18.  She tied the Furman low-round record at the time with a 65 in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tallahassee Regional, where she went on to finish third.  The 2018 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Srinivasan concluded the season ranked 26th nationally after leading Furman with a 72.36 stroke average over 36 rounds last year, the second-best single season stroke average ever for a Paladin women's golfer. 

A native of Princeton, N.J., Chen, the recipient of the 2018 Dinah Shore Trophy, became only the tenth four-time all-conference honoree in the history of the Southern Conference following her selection in 2018.  She was just the second player in league history to finish among the top three individual four times at the SoCon Championship, which dates back to 1994.  

Chen led the Paladins at the 2018 NCAA Championship, where she tied for 21st.  During her senior campaign, she won individual medalist honors at the Moon Golf Invitational, tied for third at the SoCon Championships, and placed among the top ten in four of 12 tournaments.  She was chosen the 2016 SoCon Co-Player of the Year and the 2015 SoCon Freshman of the Year, then she teamed with former Furman golfer Taylor Totland to win the 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information