KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Furman sophomore Taylor Totland (E) fired a 71 to tie for fourth place individually as the Lady Paladin golf team concluded the 2014 fall season Tuesday with a third-place team finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the par 72, 5,972 yards Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Totland, who was named to the all-tournament team, recorded consecutive birdies twice in Tuesday's final round, birdieing No. 9 and 10 then No. 17 and 18 to conclude the round one under, four strokes behind individual medalist Lena Schaeffner (-4) of Coastal Carolina, who carded a 68-73-71=212 for the win.
Coastal Carolina (+2) took the team victory by 12 strokes over No. 25 GRU Augusta (+14), while the 30th-ranked Paladins (+15) recorded the low round of the day, 289, to finish in third place. South Florida placed fourth (+27), while No. 39 Kansas (+33) rounded out the top five.
"I was really proud of our effort today," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her third year at the helm of the Paladin program. "We ended up with the low round of the day and finished really well. Overall, I felt like we had a great fall. This group continues to exceed expectations both in practice and at tournaments. I'm excited to see what this team does this spring."
Paladin junior Valentina Romero (+4) recorded a team-high five birdies on Tuesday, including back-to-back birdies on No. 10 and No. 11, to card an even 72 and tie for ninth, while freshman Reona Hirai (+6) birdied No. 5 and No. 17 to shoot a 71 in the final round and tie for 16th. Freshman Alice Chen (+7) eagled the par-4 No. 18 to finish Tuesday's round with a one-over 73, tying or 20th, and senior Laura DeMarco (+17) tied for 57th place after birdieing No. 12.
The Paladins will open the 2015 spring season February 13-15 at the Florida State Match Up in Tallahassee, Fla.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
3 Furman 285 305 289 879 +15
T4 Taylor Totland 71 74 71 216 E
T9 Valentina Romero 71 77 72 220 +4
T16 Reona Hirai 70 79 73 222 +6
T20 Alice Chen 73 77 73 223 +7
T57 Laura DeMarco 78 77 78 233 +17