BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. -- Sophomore Natalie Srinivasan (+6) tied for eighth to lead No. 7 Furman to a second-place finish Saturday under harsh conditions at the Bryan National Collegiate at the par 72, 6,386 yard Bryan Park Champions Course in Browns Summit, N.C.
The Paladins (+29) placed four players among the top 16, including Srinivasan, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., who carded a 78 with a birdie on No. 7 in the final round, finishing the tournament seven strokes behind individual medalist Jennifer Kupcho (-1) of Wake Forest, who ranks 11th nationally and posted a three-round total of 72-72-71=215 for the win.
Senior Alice Chen (+8) tied for 12th after pacing the Paladins with a 74 with a birdie on No. 3 on Saturday. Junior Haylee Harford (+9) added a 76 with two birdies to tie for 16th, while senior Reona Hirai (+12) tied for 32nd after carding a 77 in the final round. Senior Jacqueline Bendrick (+14) tied for 40th. In Saturday's final round she scored an 81 with birdies on No. 3 and No. 15.
Host Wake Forest (+24), which is ranked 21st-nationally, won the tournament by five strokes after leading the field with a 299 on Saturday. The Paladins were second, followed by No. 22 Auburn (+33) and 24th-ranked North Carolina, who tied for third. No. 9 South Carolina (+34) complete the top five.
Furman, the three-time defending Southern Conference champion, will compete at the league championships, April 15-17, at Moss Creek in Hilton Head, S.C.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
2 Furman 297 291 305 893 +29
T8 Natalie Srinivasan 71 73 78 222 +6
T12 Alice Chen 76 74 74 224 +8
T16 Haylee Harford 76 73 76 225 +9
T32 Reona Hirai 74 77 77 228 +12
T40 Jacqueline Bendrick 78 71 81 230 +14