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Paladin Golf In 15th At Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship

Paladin Golf In 15th At Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship

Oct. 16, 2009

Knoxville, Tenn. -- The Furman women’s golf team carded an opening round 310 on Friday to claim 15th place after 18 holes in the 18-team Mercedes-Benz Women’s Championship at the par-72 Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

Junior Stefanie Kenoyer, ranked 10th nationally in this week’s Golfstat Collegiate Cup standings, paced the Paladins on Friday with a first round two-over par 74. Freshman Alexa Rancourt and sophomore Liz Wendt both carded a five-over 77. Wendt, a native of Houston, Texas, played the final six holes at two-under to recover from a triple bogey on the first hole of the day.

The 18th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols fired a five-under par 283 on Friday to take a 13-stroke lead over second place Kent State at 296. Louisville is in third with Chattanooga in fourth and South Carolina and North Carolina State tied for fifth. Furman, in 15th place, trails the Gamecocks and Wolfpack by just eight stroke after 18 holes.

Tennessee’s Diana Cantu shot a three-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over teammate Ginny Brown. Ohio State’s Susana Benavides, Tennessee’s Nathalie Mansson and Kent State’s Mandi Morrow are tied for third place at one-under 71

The Mercedes-Benz field includes 13 teams ranked in the top 50, including nine of the top 25 teams in the country. The field also includes 27 of the top 100 ranked individuals in the nation.

Full first round results and statistics are available at www.golfstat.com.

Round two of the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Championship is set for Saturday with final round play scheduled for Sunday morning.

15 Furman 310

T14 Stefanie Kenoyer 74

T42 Alexa Rancourt 77

T42 Liz Wendt 77

T91 Laura Wearn 82

95 Jackie Hilea 83