Laura DeMarco is in her third season as an assistant coach with the Paladin women's golf program.
DeMarco helped the Paladins to their fourth-straight Southern Conference title, Furman’s 17th overall title, in 2018. Natalie Srinivasan was voted SoCon Player of the Year, and the Paladins placed five athletes on the All-SoCon team. Jacqueline Bendrick was named the SoCon Pinnacle Award winner, which is given annually to the player with the highest GPA on the championship-winning team. The Paladins placed third at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, behind the strong play of Srinivasan, who tied the Furman low-round record with a 65 in the opening round at regionals and went on to finish third, and Bendrick, who also posted three rounds under par to tie for ninth. Bendrick was honored with the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I Kim Moore Spirit Award , and Alice Chen earned the 2018 Dinah Shore Trophy. Furman placed 11th at the NCAA Championships and finished the season ranked eighth nationally. The Paladins won four tournaments and finished among the top two teams at seven of 12 events.
In her first season as head coach, DeMarco helped the Paladins to their third-straight SoCon Championship, Furman’s 16th overall title. The Paladins placed a league-record six players on the All-Southern Conference Team, and rookie Natalie Srinivasan was named SoCon Freshman of the Year after winning individual medalist honors at the league championships. Sophomore Haylee Harford was named the SoCon Pinnacle Award winner, which is given annually to the player with the highest GPA on the championship-winning team. The Paladins went on to finish second at the NCAA Lubbock Regional, Furman’s highest finish since 1999, when the Paladins also finished second at the NCAA East Regional. Furman won four tournaments in 2016-17 and finished among the top three teams at ten of 12 tournaments.
Furman concluded the 2016-17 season ranked seventh nationally after scoring a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Harford garnered WGCA second team All-America honors and was named to the Golfweek All-America third team, while senior Taylor Totland also earned Golfweek All-America honorable mention accolades. Srinivasan went on to compete at the U.S. Open, where she tied for 69th.
A four-year letterwinner at Furman, DeMarco, who holds the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level 1 certification, was instrumental in the Paladins' success during the 2014-15 season, which culminated with Furman winning the 2015 SoCon Championship, the program's first since 2009, and advancing to the NCAA East Regional. DeMarco, the team's lone senior, earned All-Southern Conference accolades after finishing 17th at the SoCon Tournament and posted a 75.2 stroke season average over 24 rounds, ranking eighth among SoCon players.
She fired a career-best 70 in the final round of the 2014 Lady Paladin Invitational, helping Furman to the team title in record-setting fashion, as the Paladins posted the best 54-hole total in tournament history. DeMarco, who captained the 2014-15 team, also notched a 71 in the final round of the Golfweek Program Challenge, keying the Paladins to a team title to open the season. She tallied two top-10 finishes and three top-15 finishes during her senior campaign.
Following her career at Furman, DeMarco played on the LPGA Symetra Tour from 2015-16.
"I loved my time at Furman and am excited to return as a coach," said DeMarco. "My goal has been to one day coach at Furman, and I am very grateful to Coach Hull for giving me this opportunity. I'm excited to learn from him and quickly grow as a coach and person. We have a great group of hardworking talented ladies, and I am looking forward to a great season."
DeMarco, a native of LaSalle, Ontario, Canada, earned a bachelor's degree in earth and environmental sciences from Furman in 2015.