EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (-6) took the individual lead after carding a 68 and the Furman women's golf team (+1) posted a 277, the best round in program history, Monday in the second day of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate at the par 72, 6,288 yard Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Srinivasan, who hails from Spartanburg, S.C., played flawless golf, notching four birdies and scoring par on the other 14 holes to finish the round with a two-day total of 70-68=138, two strokes ahead of UCLA's Patty Tavatanakit (-4), Maria Fassi (-4) of Arkansas, and Mika Liu (-4) of Stanford, who are all tied for second at 140.
The Paladins, who finished play just before the remaining teams were called off the course for an 84 minute lightning delay, placed all four counting scorers under par, beating the former top team round of 278, which was set in 2016 in the opening round of the Cougar Classic.
Senior Alice Chen (+3) paced Furman with a 67 and a team-high five birdies on Monday to move into a tie for 24th place, while seniors Reona Hirai (+2) and Jacqueline Bendrick (+8) each added a 71 in round two. Hirai is tied for 20th after birdieing No. 2 and No. 18, and Bendrick birdied No. 2 and No. 11 to move into a tie for 42nd. Junior Haylee Harford (+5) recorded birdies on No. 2 and No. 14 to card a 74 on Monday and is tied for 32nd heading into Tuesday's final round.
Arkansas (6), which finished last season ranked 15th, continues to lead the field following the second round of play. Texas (-2) and Stanford (-2) are just four strokes back of the Razorbacks, while UCLA (-1) is in fourth place. Furman (+1) is in fifth place, within striking distance of the leaders, after shooting -11 on Monday.
The ANNIKA Intercollegiate, which features 12 of the top Division I women's programs in the country, is co-founded by Annika Sorenstam's ANNIKA Foundation and Golfweek.
The final round of the 54-hole tournament will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday. Furman will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. and will play in a group with UCLA and South Carolina. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Results and live tournament scoring are available via www.FurmanPaladins.com and www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
5 Furman 300 277 577 +1
1 Natalie Srinivasan 70 68 138 -6
T20 Reona Hirai 75 71 146 +2
T24 Alice Chen 80 67 147 +3
T32 Haylee Harford 75 74 149 +5
T42 Jacqueline Bendrick 81 71 152 +8