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Totland, Furman Lead Lady Paladin Invitational Through Two Rounds

Taylor Totland and Furman Assistant Coach Jeff Hull
Taylor Totland and Furman Assistant Coach Jeff Hull

Third Round Tee Times  /  2014 Lady Paladin Invitational Video

Greenville, S.C. -- Sophomore Taylor Totland (-6) fired a second round 68 to grab the individual lead and help Furman (-2) maintain the team lead through two rounds of the 43rd Lady Paladin Invitational on Monday at the par-72, 6,266-yard Furman University Golf Course.

Totland, a native of Tinton Falls, N.J., birdied five holes, including three on the back nine, to take a one-stroke advantage over Yale's Jennifer Peng (-5) and Wake Forest's Sierra Sims (-5) through 36 holes.  Texas Tech's Gennai Goodwin (-2) and Wake Forest's Allison Emrey (-2) are tied for fourth place at 2-under par.  Totland's six-under 138 is the best individual score through the first 36 holes in the history of the Lady Paladin Invitational.

The Paladins hold a nine-stroke advantage over second place Texas Tech (+7) and Wake Forest (+7) entering the final round with Florida State (+11) and Kansas (+11) tied for fourth place.

Senior Laura DeMarco (+3) and freshman Alice Chen (+1) each carded a one-over 73 on Monday, while junior Valentina Romero (E) rounded out the Paladins' counting scores with a two-over 74.

The teams at this year's tournament are participating in Birdies for Water to benefit Golf Fore Africa, a 501 (c)(3) founded in 2006 by Furman golf alumna and LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King. To date GFA has raised over 2.5 million dollars to fund projects in Rwanda, Lesotho, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and Zambia. Currently Golf Fore Africa is raising two million dollars to bring clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to over 100 villages in rural Zambia.

Teams are raising money by securing pledges for each birdie their team members record during the tournament.  In Monday's round, the Furman team raised $2,750, which, when added to Sunday's total and the $2,580 in flat donations the team secured prior to the tournament, brings the team's two-day total to over $7,500.  

The combined goal off all teams at the tournament is to raise $15,000, which will bring clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to one village.  To sponsor the Furman women's golf team in this endeavor, e-mail Hester at Kelley.Hester@Furman.edu.

Tuesday's final round is slated for a shotgun start at 9 a.m.  The Paladins will tee off of No. 1 and No. 2.

Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Results and live scoring are available via FurmanPaladins.com and BirdieFire.com.


1    Furman        286    288    574    -2
1    Taylor Totland        70    68    138    -6
T7    Valentina Romero    70    74    144    E
T9    Alice Chen        72    73    145    +1
T14    Laura DeMarco    74    73    147    +3
T47    Reona Hirai        75    77    152    +8

T57    Macy McRaney    78    76    154    +10    

Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information