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Chen, Furman Finish Second At Lady Paladin Invitational

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Junior Alice Chen (-5) carded a final-round 72 Sunday to finish second among the individuals and lead Furman (-9) to a second-place finish at the 44th Lady Paladin Invitational at the par-72, 6,313-yard Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. 

The Paladins carded an even 288 in the final round for a three-day total of 281-286-288=855, breaking the previous tournament record by five strokes, but Texas (-11) fired a 286 on Sunday to win the tournament by two strokes over Furman.  The Longhorns' three-round total of 853 shattered the previous record of 860, set by the Paladins in 2014.  Illinois (-2) finished third, followed by Augusta University (+2) in fourth.  Middle Tennessee State (+6) completed the top five.

Chen scored birdies on No. 6 and No. 14, finishing the round one stroke back of Emilee Hoffman (-6) of Texas, who notched a three-round total of 65-75-70=210 to claim individual medalist honors.

Senior Taylor Totland (-1) and sophomore Haylee Harford (-1) tied for ninth.  Totland birdied No. 11 and No. 16 for a final-round 71, while Harford paced the Paladins with four birdies on Sunday, scoring an even 72.  Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (+1) added three birdies in the final round to tie for 15th after carding a 75 on Sunday, and rookie Carly Burkhardt (+2) birdied No. 3 to tie for 24th with a 73 in the final round.

Junior Reona Hirai (+2), who was playing as an individual, carded an even 72 with three birdies, including back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and No. 16, to tie for 24th.

"Overall, I was pleased with the way we played this weekend," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull, who is in his first year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "Our goal every tournament is to have a chance to win with nine holes to play, and we were right there but came up just a little short.  Our 9-under total beat the previous tournament record, and we had all six players finish in the top 25, which is really good.  I am very proud of our team, and I am looking forward to next week in Charleston."

Furman will compete at Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., October 2-4.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information

 

2 Furman 281 286 288 855 -9

2 Alice Chen 70 69 72 211 -5

T9 Taylor Totland 72 72 71 215 -1

T9 Haylee Harford 70 73 72 215 -1

T15 Natalie Srinivasan 69 73 75 217 +1

T24 Carly Burkhardt 73 72 73 218 +2

T24 Reona Hirai* 76 70 72 218 +2

* - playing as an individual