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Furman To Open 2016-17 Season Monday At Minnesota Invitational

Alice Chen
Alice Chen

GREENVILLE, S.C. --  The Furman women's golf team will open the 2016-17 season Monday at the Minnesota Invitational at the par 72, 6,119 yard Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn.   

The 54-hole tournament begins with two rounds of play on Monday and concludes with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.  The Paladins will tee off of hole No. 1 at 7:45 a.m. Monday and will play in a group with Purdue and Louisville.  The teams will keep the same pairings for the tournament's second round, which will commence at 12:30 p.m. 

"We are very excited about starting our season in Minnesota," said Furman women's golf head coach Jeff Hull, who is in his first year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "Having just produced the best six rounds of qualifying since I have been here, I feel we are prepared to play well.

Furman, who is ranked 16th in the latest Golfweek rankings, will be joined in the 11-team field by Minnesota, Kansas, No. 32 Texas, No. 36 Purdue, No. 29 East Carolina, No. 34 TCU, Kentucky, Kansas State, No. 38 Louisville, and Wisconsin.

The Paladin lineup for the Minnesota Invitational includes senior Taylor Totland, juniors Alice Chen and Jacqueline Bendrick, sophomore Haylee Harford, and freshman Natalie Srinivasan.  Junior Reona Hirai will compete as an individual.

The Paladins, who placed 20th at the 2016 NCAA Championships, claimed their second-straight SoCon Championship last season and return their top four golfers from 2016, including Totland, who tied for 20th among the individuals at last season's national championships.  

Totland, the 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, and Chen, the 2016 SoCon Co-Player of the Year, tied for the Paladin lead with a 73.3 stroke average last year, the third-best season stroke average in the history of the Furman program.  Totland and Chen were joined on the All-SoCon team last season by Harford, the 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year.  Bendrick ranked fourth on the Paladin team with a 74.9 stroke average in 2015-16.  

Admission to this weekend's tournament is free and fans are welcome.  Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information