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Nova Southeastern Grabs First Round Lead At Lady Paladin Invitational

Valentina Romero
Valentina Romero

First Round Results

Second Round Tee Times

Greenville, S.C. -- Nova Southeastern, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, carded an opening round 297 and Appalachian State's Rumbidzai Masamvu posted a one-under 71 to grab the first round lead on Friday in the 41st Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,266-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

Daniela Ortiz (+1) shot a one-over 73 to pace four Nova Southeastern golfers at 75 or better as the Sharks fashioned a five-stroke lead over second place Furman.  The Paladins, led by freshman Valentina Romero's two-over 74, finished the day with a 14-over 302.  Chattanooga (+17), Samford (+19) and Mercer (+19) rounded out the top five in the 14-team field.

Masamvu registered five birdies in the opening round and played the par fives at four-under to manage a two-stroke cushion over Ortiz.  Romero leads a group of four golfers tied for second place at two-over while the Paladins' Stephanie Carlozzi is one of five tied at three-over par.

Second round play in the 54-hole tournament is slated to tee off at 9 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.  Results and live tournament scoring are available via and


2 Furman 302

T3 Valentina Romero 74

T7 Stephanie Carlozzi 75

T12 Daffodil Sanchez 76

T21 Alexa Rancourt 77

T35 Laura Wearn 79


T12 *Aubrie Street 76

T27 *Mackenzie Puryear 78

T44 *Laura DeMarco 80

T51 *Inga Gunnarsdottir 81


* - playing as an individual