HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Thirteen-time Southern Conference champion Furman (+17) holds the team lead after Sunday's first round of play at the Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship on Moss Creek Golf Club's par-72, 5,941-yard North Course in Hilton Head, S.C.
Seeking their first title since 2009, when the tournament moved to Moss Creek, the Paladins shot a 17-over 305 Sunday to hold a seven-stroke lead over Samford (+24) and Chattanooga (+24), who both sit at 312. Each of Furman's counting four is in the top 10 individually, paced by Valentina Romero's 3-over 75, which has her alone in third place.
Furman's Aubrie Street (+4) and Taylor Totland (+4) are among a three-way tie for fourth with matching 76s, while Stephanie Carlozzi (+6) rounds out the Paladins' scoring contingent in 10th with a 78.
"We had a solid game plan today on how we wanted to play the course, and I was very proud of the girls for sticking to the plan," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester following the round. We didn't always execute the way I know we can and definitely left some shots out there. I feel confident that we can improve tomorrow."
Chattanooga's Emily McLennan finished with a 1-over 73 to hold the first-round lead for the second straight year. The 2013 SoCon Freshman of the year is vying to become Chattanooga's fourth straight medalist in the annual event.
Second round action is slated for Monday at 8 a.m. with the Paladins scheduled to tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9:40 a.m. Final round action will take place on Tuesday morning.
The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Fans can follow live scoring for the tournament by logging onto www.FurmanPaladins.com or at www.GolfStatResults.com.
2014 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship
Moss Creek Golf Club, North Course
Par-72, 5,941 yards
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Top 10 individuals
1. Emily McLennan, Chattanooga 73
2. Natalie Mitchell, Samford 74
3. Valentina Romero, Furman 75
T4. Alex Jasper, Samford 76
T4. Aubrie Street, Furman 76
T4. Taylor Totland, Furman 76
T7. Olivia Landino, Western Carolina 77
T7. Emily Stinson, Appalachian State 77
T7. Emily Brooks, Elon 77
10. Stephanie Carlozzi, Furman 78
1. Furman 305
T2. Samford 312
T2. Chattanooga 312
4. Elon 318
5. Western Carolina 325
6. Wofford 326
7. The Citadel 327
8. Appalachian State 331
9. UNCG 337
1 Furman 305 +17
3 Valentina Romero 75 +3
T4 Aubrie Street 76 +4
T4 Taylor Totland 76 +4
10 Stephanie Carlozzi 78 +6
T19 Laura DeMarco 81 +9