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ETSU, Nova Southeastern Claim Opening ROund Lead At Lady Paladin Invitational

ETSU, Nova Southeastern Claim Opening ROund Lead At Lady Paladin Invitational

Sept. 18, 2009

Greenville, S.C. -

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East Tennessee State and Nova Southeastern each posted an 18-over par 306 in rainy and soggy conditions on Friday to take the opening round lead at the 38th Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,199-yard Furman University Golf Course.

Laura Jansone of ETSU paced her squad with a tournament leading one-over 73 that included a birdie and just two bogeys while Florida International's Paula Hurtado moved into second place with a first round 74. Sandra Changkija birdied three holes to pace the defending Division II champion Nova Southeastern Sharks and grab a share of third place in the individual standings..

ETSU (306) and Nova Southeastern (306) were followed by Stetson (311) in third, Kennesaw State (314) in fourth and Campbell (315) in fifth place. Penn State (316) grabbed sixth place and FIU (317) seventh place while Furman, UNC Greensboro, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington closed Friday in a tie for eighth place at 32-over 320.

Junior Stefanie Kenoyer led Furman with a four-over 76 to take a share of seventh place after 18 holes. Jackie Hilea, Liz Wendt and Julia Thead, playing as an individual, all carded eight-over par 80 for the Paladins on Friday.

Second round play tees off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with Sunday's final round scheduled for a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.