HANAHAN, S.C. -- Furman rookie Taylor Totland fired a 72 to tie for 19th place, leading the Paladins Sunday in the first day of the Cougar Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston at the par-72, 6,402 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.
Totland, playing her first collegiate round, parred the first ten holes before bogeying No. 11. She recovered with birdies on No. 14 and No. 15 then bogeyed the final hole for an even 72. The Tinton Falls, N.J., native is six strokes back of the leaders, N.C. State's Brittany Marchand and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald, who each shot a 66, tying for the second-lowest round in the 11-year history of the Cougar Classic.
Paladin sophomore Valentina Romera (+2) birdied No. 13, a par three, to card a 74 in Sunday's opening round, while junior Laura DeMarco, senior Ingunn Gunnarsdottir, and sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi each recorded a four-over 76 on Sunday.
"Overall, this was not a bad start to our season," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester. "We could have finished a little stronger, but I was fairly pleased. Taylor had a strong start for her first college round, and Valentina is starting off where she finished the spring. Our other players were very consistent. We will build upon this and try to move up the board tomorrow."
Mississippi State holds a three-stroke lead with a six-under 282. South Carolina and Clemson are tied for second place at three-under par entering Monday's second round.
Second round play of the 54-hole tournament, which features four teams ranked in the Golf World/WGCA Coaches' Preseason Division I Poll, begins Monday at 8 a.m., and the tournament will conclude Tuesday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
The Paladins will tee off at 12:35 p.m. on Monday from hole number one. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
T11 Furman 298
T19 Taylor Totland 72
T38 Valentina Romero 74
T61 Laura DeMarco 76
T61 Ingunn Gunnarsdottir 76
T61 Stephanie Carlozzi 76