May 7, 2010
Greenville, N.C. -- Three Paladins shot three-over par 75 and Stefanie Kenoyer carded a one-under 71 to help Furman to a second round 296 on Friday at the NCAA East Regional at the par-72, 6,321-yard Ironwood Country Club.
The Paladins’ eight-over 296 marked the second best round of the 12 teams that teed off in the morning wave and helped Furman (305-296=601) climb into 18th place after 36 holes in the 54-hole tournament. Kenoyer (72-71=143), a junior from Lighthouse Point, Fla., continued her strong play carding a one-under 71 to move into 12th place entering the final round. She birdied five holes on the day, including three in a four-hole stretch on the back nine, to pull within four strokes of a five-way tie for the lead between Katie Burnett of South Caroline, Kim Donovan of Duke, Danielle Kang of Pepperdine and Rosalyn Kim of Texas Tech.
A pair of Paladin freshman, Laura Wearn (76-75=151) and Alexa Rancourt (80-75=155), joined junior Jackie Hilea (80-75=155) in posting a second round 75 to ignite Furman’s Friday morning run. Wearn’s up and down round featured six birdies, including three in her final four holes on the back nine.
Third-ranked Duke (290-278=568) fired a 10-under 278 on Friday to jump into the second round lead. The Blue Devils hold a two-stroke lead on Tennessee and three-stroke cushion over Pepperdine with 18 holes to play. South Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Tulane and Florida round out the top eight in the 24-team field.
The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championships at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Final round action at the NCAA East Regional is set to begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. Furman, playing with Georgia State and Washington, is scheduled to tee-off of No. 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Live scoring of the NCAA East Regional is available at www.golfstat.com or by logging onto www.furmanpaladins.com.
18 Furman 305 296 601
T12 Stefanie Kenoyer 72 71 143
T67 Laura Wearn 76 75 151
T83 Liz Wendt 77 76 153
T99 Alexa Rancourt 80 75 155
T99 Jackie Hilea 80 75 155