RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO. -- Sophomore Haylee Harford (-2) fired an opening round 70 to take a share of the individual lead and help the eighth-ranked Furman women's golf team to the team lead following the opening round of the 2017 spring season Sunday at the 15th-annual Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the par 72, 6,164 yard Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Harford, who hails from Leavittsburg, Ohio, birdied No. 3 and No. 5 then added consecutive birdies on No. 11 and No. 12, to conclude the round two under par and tie for the individual lead with Maria Vesga of Baylor.
Senior Taylor Totland (-1) is just one stroke back of Harford, tied for third after scoring an opening round 71 with birdies on No. 2 and No. 8. Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (+2) tied for 25th in the first round after birdieing No. 9 and recording a 74, while junior Alice Chen (+3) added a 75 with birdies on No. 5 and No. 13 to tie for 29th. Freshman Carly Burkhardt (+4) notched back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes 11 through 13 to tie for 35th at 76. Junior Reona Hirai (+1), who is playing as an individual, is tied for 17th. Hirai birdied No. 6 and No. 18 for an opening round 73.
The Paladins (+2) hold a two-stroke lead over 41st-ranked Texas Tech (+4). No. 15 Kent State (+5) is third, and 31st-ranked TCU (+6) and No. 6 Georgia (+6) are tied for fourth following one round of play.
The 54-hole tournament continues on Monday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and will conclude with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. On Monday, Furman will tee off of holes one through four and will play in a group with Kent State and Texas Tech. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.birdiefire.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
1 Furman 290 +2
T1 Haylee Harford 70 -2
T3 Taylor Totland 71 -1
T25 Natalie Srinivasan 74 +2
T29 Alice Chen 75 +3
T35 Carly Burkhardt 76 +4
*T17 Reona Hirai 73 +1
*-playing as an individual