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Defending Champion Furman Leads SoCon Championship After First Round Of Play

Natalie Srinivasan
Natalie Srinivasan

LEXINGTON, S.C. – Defending Southern Conference champion Furman (-8) holds the team lead after Sunday's first round of play at the Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship par-72, 6,153 yard Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C. 

Seeking their third-straight title and 16th overall, the 10th-ranked Paladins shot an 8-under 280 on Sunday, the best round in the history of the SoCon tournament and the second-best in Furman program history, to take a 20-stroke lead over Chattanooga (+12). 

Furman has four players in the top five including junior Alice Chen (-3) and freshman Natalie Srinivasan (-3), who are tied with ETSU's Loy Hee Ying for the individual lead after each fired a 69 on Sunday.  Chen, who has held at least a share of the SoCon individual lead in each of the tournament's last four rounds, paced the Paladins with six birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 and again on No. 13 and No. 14, in the opening round, while Srinivasan added four birdies, with three in the last six holes.

Freshman Carly Burkhardt (-2) is in fourth place after carding a 70 with birdies on No. 13 and No. 18 on Sunday, while senior Taylor Totland (E) stands in fifth place after shooting an even 72 with birdies on No. 3 and No. 6 in the first round.  Sophomore Haylee Harford (+4) shot a 76 to tie for 14th.  

Due to inclement weather in the Lexington area, Monday's round has been cancelled.  The final round of the 36-hole tournament will begin Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.  The Paladins will tee off of No. 1 at 10:20 a.m. and play in a group with ETSU and Chattanooga.  Follow the team's Twitter account @FurmanWPaladins for updates on schedule changes.  The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


2017 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship

Country Club of Lexington

Par-72, 6,153 yards

Lexington, S.C.


1 Furman 280 -8

T1 Alice Chen 69 -3

T1 Natalie Srinivasan 69 -3

4 Carly Burkhardt 70 -2

5 Taylor Totland 72 E

T14 Haylee Harford 76 +4


Top 10 individuals

T-1.  Alice Chen, Furman                                    69

T-1.  Natalie Srinivasan, Furman                         69

T-1.  Loy Hee Ying, ETSU                                  69

4      Carly Burkhardt, Furman                             70

5.     Taylor Totland, Furman                               72

T-6.  Holly Morgan, Chattanooga                        74

T-6.  Marin Hannah, Mercer                                 74

T-6.  Megan Woods, Chattanooga                      74

T-6.  Natalia Asensio, UNCG                              74

T-10. Tiffany Kang, Mercer                                 75

T-10. Hallieanne Hobson, Samford                     75

T-10. Louisa Tichy, UNCG                                  75

T-10. Dominika Czudkova, ETSU                        75


Team standings

1.     Furman                                    280

2.     Chattanooga                            300

3.     ETSU                                      301

4.     Mercer                                     303

5.     UNCG                                     324

6.     Samford                                  325

T-7.  Western Carolina                      320

T-7.  Wofford                                  320

9.     The Citadel                              343