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No. 7 Paladins Tie For Second At SunTrust Women's Gator Invitational

Photo credit: Matt Stamey
Photo credit: Matt Stamey

GAINESVILLE, FLA. -- The seventh-ranked Furman women's golf team tied for second Sunday at the SunTrust Women's Gator Invitational, held this weekend at the par 70, 6,002 yard Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

The Paladins placed three players in the top nine, including senior Reona Hirai (+2) who led Furman after tying for fifth.  Hirai scored a 71 with three birdies on Sunday to finish the tournament nine strokes behind individual medalist Jiwon Jeon (-7) of Daytona State, who posted a 69 on Sunday for a three-round total of 203.

Junior Haylee Harford (+3) and senior Jacqueline Bendrick (+3) were one stroke back of Hirai in a tie for ninth.  Harford paced the Paladins with a 69 and three birdies in the final round, while Bendrick fired a 71 with a birdie on No. 5 during Sunday's play. 

Senior Alice Chen (+8) tied for 27th after carding a 72 with a birdie on No. 17 in the final round, and sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (+9) tied for 30th after scoring a 75 on Sunday.  Sophomore Marra Burton, who played as an individual, tied for 63rd after recording a 77 in round three.

Host Florida (E) , which is ranked 12th nationally, won the tournament by 12 strokes over the Paladins (+12), who tied for second with Campbell (+12).  Tennessee (+17) finished fourth, followed by Oregon (+27) in fifth, and Clemson (+28) in sixth.  

The Paladins will compete at the Clemson Invitational March 23-25 in Sunset, S.C.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information


T2 Furman 285 284 283 852 +12

T5 Reona Hirai 69 72 71 212 +2

T9 Haylee Harford 73 71 69 213 +3 

T9 Jacqueline Bendrick 70 72 71 213 +3

T27 Alice Chen 76 70 72 218 +8

T30 Natalie Srinivasan 73 71 75 219 +9

T63 Marra Burton* 78 79 77 234 +24

* playing as an individual