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Furman Women's Golf Team To Open 2015-16 Season Sunday At Cougar Classic

Valentina Romero
Valentina Romero

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team will open the 2015-16 season this weekend at the 13th Annual Powerade Cougar Classic at the par 72, 6,204 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.  

The 54-hole tournament begins Sunday and continues through Tuesday.  Play will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday and Monday, and the tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.  The Paladins will tee off of hole No. 1 on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and on Monday at 11:40 a.m.

Furman, who is ranked 32nd in the latest Golfweek rankings, will be joined in the 20-team field by #8 Arkansas, #29 Auburn, #27 Central Florida, Charleston Southern, Clemson, College of Charleston, #22 Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, #17 Mississippi State, #49 North Carolina, #41 N.C. State, UNC Greensboro, Penn State, #16 Virginia, #14 Wake Forest, and Wisconsin.

The Paladin lineup includes senior Valentina Romero, junior Taylor Totland, sophomores Jacqueline Bendrick and Reona Hirai, and freshman Haylee Harford.

"This season should prove to be an exciting one as we return all but one starter from a team that accomplished a great deal last year," said Furman women's golf head coach Kelley Hester, who is entering her fourth year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "We are also pleased to add two freshmen, Haylee Harford and Annika Bovender, who we expect to make a sudden impact.  Both Taylor and Alice had some strong outings over the summer, and our team should be poised to contend week in and week out." 

Last year in her third season with the Paladins, Hester led the team to the Southern Conference Championship, and Furman placed a league-record five players on the All-Southern Conference team and three on the SoCon All-Freshman Team.  Totland, the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year and Furman's 2015 Edna Hartness Female Athlete of the Year, earned Golfweek All-America Honorable Mention accolade and WGCA All-American Honorable Mention honors.

Admission to this weekend's tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information