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Furman Leads Moon Golf Invitational After Two Rounds Of Play

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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- The ninth-ranked Furman women's golf team holds a five-stroke lead at the Moon Golf Invitational following two rounds of play Monday at the par 72, 6,309 yard Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla.

The Paladins (-1) have three players in the top nine and all four counting scorers in the top 13, including senior Alice Chen (-3) who is tied for second after posing a 70 with four birdies in the morning round and adding a team-best 71 with two birdies in the afternoon round.  Chen is one stroke behind leader Madison Thomas (-4) of Memphis, who scored rounds of 69 and 71 for a two-round total of 140.

Sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (-2) is just one stroke back of Chen.  In round one, she eagled the par-5 No. 1 to open the tournament and added three additional birdies, including back to back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 to lead the Paladins with a first-round 69.  Srinivasan carded a 73 with a birdie on No. 11 in the second round to finish the day tied for sixth. 

Senior Jacqueline Bendrick (+1) also started play with an eagle on No. 1 in round one and added a birdie on No. 4 for an opening-round 72.  She notched a team-best six birdies in the second round, including four-straight birdies on holes No. 17 through No. 2, ending the round with a 73.  She enters Tuesday's final round in a tie for ninth place.

Junior Haylee Harford (+3) and sophomore Marra Burton (+3), who is playing as an individual, concluded Monday's play tied for 13th.  Harford posted an even 72 with two birdies in round one and scored a 75 with a birdie on No. 1 in the afternoon, while Burton tied for a team-best four birdies in the morning round, carding a 72, and recorded five birdies and a 75 in round two.

Senior Reona Hirai (+5) is tied for 21st entering the final round after posting a 74 with a birdie on No. 11 in the morning round and a 74 with four birdies in round two.  Freshman Madison Moosa (+11), who is playing as an individual, scored a 78 in the morning and a 77 with two birdies in the afternoon to tie for 54th, while rookie Caitlin Cotterill (+12), who is also playing as an individual, is one stroke back of Moosa in a tie for 59th.  Cotterill shot an 81 with two birdies in the first round then recorded consecutive birdies on No. 13 and No. 14 and added a birdie on No. 18 for a second-round 75. 

The Paladins hold a five-stroke lead over Augusta (+4), while Old Dominion (+10) is in third.  Memphis (+11) is in fourth place, followed by Virginia Tech (+12). 

The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m.  The Paladins will tee off of holes No. 1 through No. 4 and will play in a group with Augusta and Old Dominion.  Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Results and live tournament scoring are available via and

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


1 Furman 283 292 575 -1

T2 Alice Chen 70 71 141 -3

T6 Natalie Srinivasan 69 73 142 -2

T9 Jacqueline Bendrick 72 73 145 +1

T13 Haylee Harford 72 73 147 +3

T13 Marra Burton* 72 75 147 +3

T21 Reona Hirai 74 75 149 +5

T54 Madison Moosa* 78 77 155 +11

T59 Caitlin Cotterill* 81 75 156 +12

*-playing as an individual