No. 8 Furman To Open Spring Season At Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Carly Burkhardt
Carly Burkhardt

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The eighth-ranked Furman women's golf team will open the 2017 spring season this weekend at the 15th-annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the par 72, 6,203 yard Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

The 54-hole tournament begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday and continues on Monday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.  The tournament concludes with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.  

Furman will be joined in the 15-team field by No. 6 Georgia, 10th-ranked Arkansas, No. 13 Purdue, No. 15 Kent State, 23rd-ranked Baylor, No. 29 North Carolina State, 31st-ranked TCU, No. 40 Michigan, 41st-rated Texas Tech, No. 46 Iowa State, 48th-ranked Augusta, plus No. 54 Vanderbilt, No. 62 Maryland, and 80th-ranked LSU.

The Paladin lineup for the Lady Puerto Rico Classic includes senior Taylor Totland, junior Alice Chen, sophomore Haylee Harford, and freshmen Carly Burkhardt and Natalie Srinivasan.  Junior Reona Hirai will compete as an individual.

Five Paladin players rank among the top-100 nationally.  Harford, the 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year, leads the Paladins with a 71.9 stroke average and boasts a 46th place ranking, while Totland, who tied for 20th among the individuals at last season's national championships, ranks 47th and is second on the Furman team with a 72.2 stroke average.  Burkhardt currently holds an 89th place rating and a 72.6 stroke average, and Chen, the 2016 SoCon Co-Player of the Year, ranks 94th and holds a 72.4 stroke average.  Srinivasan is ranked 96th and posted a 73.2 stroke average for the fall.

"We are very excited to start our spring season in Puerto Rico," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull, who is in his first year at the helm of the Paladin program.  "This is historically a great field, and this year seems no different.  Our team is ready to keep the momentum going from the fall, and our goal is to finish strong in every event this spring."

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

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information