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Totland Named SoCon Freshman Of The Year As Paladins Finish Second At League Championships

Taylor Totland 2014 SoCon Freshman Of The Year
Taylor Totland 2014 SoCon Freshman Of The Year

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Furman's Taylor Totland (+10) was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year Tuesday as the Paladin women's golf team finished second at the SoCon Championship on Moss Creek Golf Club's par-72, 5,941-yard North Course in Hilton Head, S.C. 

Totland, who birdied two of her first five holes on the day, carded a 76 in the tournament's final round to finish second among the individuals and land a spot on both the All-Southern Conference team and the SoCon All-Freshman Team.  She concluded Tuesday's play just four strokes back of individual medalist Emily McLennan (+6) of Chattanooga, who led the tournament through all three rounds and became the Mocs' fourth different individual champion in as many years.

The Paladins placed four individuals among the top 10 at the championship, as senior Aubrie Street (+16) birdied No. 11 to tie for sixth after recording a 79 in the final round, and sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi (+17) captured ninth place after birdieing two holes on the back nine to post a 78 on Tuesday.  Sophomore Valentina Romero (+18), who joined Totland on the all-conference team, birdied No. 15 to card an 81 in the final round, finishing in a tie for 10th.  Junior Laura DeMarco (+10) tied for 16th following an 84 in Tuesday's round.

The Paladins (+56) finished second for the second-straight year, five strokes back of Chattanooga (+51), who fired a 308 on Tuesday to claim its fifth-consecutive championship and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

"This was a really tough round with heavy rain consistently throughout the day and strong winds at times," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester at the conclusion of the tournament.  "The SoCon Championship caps off a strong freshman campaign for Taylor.  With the group we have returning and our incoming freshmen, the future looks bright for our team, and we are excited about next season."


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                   73-75-74=222

2.     Taylor Totland, Furman                               76-74-76=226

3.     Jordan Britt, Chattanooga                          80-69-80=229

T4.   Alex Jasper, Samford                                76-76-79=231

T4.   Mariah Hopkins, Western Carolina               82-73-76=231

T6.   Isabella Loza, Chattanooga                        80-76-76=232

T6.   Aubrie Street, Furman                                76-77-79=232

T6.   Kelsey Badmaev, Elon                               83-71-78=232

9.     Stephanie Carlozzi, Furman                        78-77-78=233

T10. Valentina Romero, Furman                         75-78-81=234

T10. Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga                     79-75-80=234


Team standings

1.     Chattanooga                                              312-295-308=915

2.     Furman                                                      305-301-314=920

3.     Samford                                                    312-309-315=936

4.     Elon                                                          318-302-325=945

5.     Western Carolina                                        325-300-330=955

6.     Wofford                                                    326-315-315=956

7.     UNCG                                                       337-319-339=995

8.     The Citadel                                                327-324-347=998

9.     Appalachian State                                      340-313-346=999


All-Southern Conference Team

Kelsey Badmaev, Elon

Sunna Vidisdottir, Elon

Valentina Romero, Furman

Taylor Totland, Furman

Bailey Gray, Samford

Jordan Britt, Chattanooga

Emily McLennan, Chattanooga

Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga

Kristin Swindell, Western Carolina

Lauren Dunbar, Wofford


All-Freshman Team

Kelsey  Badmaev, Elon

Taylor Totland, Furman

Sydney Needham, Samford

Olivia Landino, Western Carolina

Katy Funk, Wofford


Player of the Year

Jordan Britt, Chattanooga


Freshman of the Year

Taylor Totland, Furman


Coach of the Year

Colette Murray, Chattanooga


1 Furman 305 301 314 920 +56

2 Taylor Totland 76 74 76 226 +10

T6 Aubrie Street 76 77 79 232 +16

9 Stephanie Carlozzi 78 77 78 233 +17

T10 Valentina Romero 75 78 81 234 +18

T16 Laura DeMarco 81 73 84 238 +22