HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Freshman Haylee Harford (+4) fired a second-round 72 Saturday and is tied for 19th to lead the 27th-ranked Furman women's golf team heading into the final day of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate at the par 71, 6,243 yard Long Cove Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
Harford, a native of Leavittsburg, Ohio, parred the back nine then birdied No. 2 and No. 5 to conclude the round one over par and seven strokes back of leaders Alexandra Farnsworth (-3) of Vanderbilt and Lauren Coughlin (-3) of Virginia, who each shot an opening-round 67 and added a 72 on Saturday.
Junior Taylor Totland (+9) is tied for 53rd after carding a 75 with birdies on No. 6 and No. 12 on Saturday, while senior Valentina Romero (+10) also scored a 75 after carding back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and No. 8. She is tied for 63rd entering Sunday's final round. Sophomores Alice Chen (+16) and Reona Hirai (+16) are tied for 85th after two rounds of play.
No. 4 Alabama (+8) holds a three stroke lead over 32nd-ranked Virginia (+11) heading in to the final round. No. 42 Vanderbilt (+14) and tenth-ranked Oklahoma State (+14) are tied for third, while fifth-ranked Georgia (+15) is fifth. Second-ranked Duke (+20) is in ninth place, and top-ranked Southern California (+22) is in tenth place heading into the final round. The Paladins (+37) are in 16th place.
"Today was really a struggle," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her fourth year at the helm of the Paladin program. "We were unable to stay away from the big numbers and just couldn't get the putts to fall. We need to rally tomorrow and move up the board."
The final round of the 54-hole tournament, which features seven teams ranked in the top 25 in the latest Golfstat poll, including each of the country's top five programs, begins Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The Paladins will tee off of No. 10 at 9:20 a.m.
Eleven of the 17 teams competing at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate qualified for the 2015 NCAA Championships, and eight schools in the field have won a tournament this season. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
16 Furman 303 302 605 +37
T19 Haylee Harford 74 72 146 +4
T53 Taylor Totland 76 75 151 +9
T63 Valentina Romero 77 75 152 +10
T85 Alice Chen 76 82 158 +16
T85 Reona Hirai 78 80 158 +16