RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO. -- Sophomore Haylee Harford (-5) took sole possession of the individual lead after firing a 69 on Monday, as the eighth-ranked Furman women's golf team stretched its lead to three strokes 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, carded a team-high six birdies, including four on the back nine, to come in at three-under on the day. She holds a three-stroke lead over Baylor's Amy Lee (-2), Gabby Barker (-2) of Texas Tech, and Elodie Van Dievoet (-2) of Michigan, who all hold a two-day total of 142.
Senior Taylor Totland (E) is tied for sixth entering Tuesday's final round after carding a 73 with three birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 12 and No. 13, in round two. Rookie Natalie Srinivasan (+6) recorded two birdies for a 76 on Monday and is tied for 32nd among the individuals, while fellow freshman Carly Burkhardt (+7) is tied for 38th. Burkhardt carded a 75 with three birdies in the second round.
Junior Alice Chen (+9) also added three birdies on Monday, scoring a 78, and enters the final round tied for 45th. Junior Reona Hirai (+4), who is playing as an individual, is tied for 19th after shooting a 75 with two birdies in round two.
The Paladins (+7) extended their lead to three strokes over No. 15 Kent State (+10). 31st-ranked TCU (+14) sits in third, followed by No. 10 Arkansas (+15). No. 6 Georgia (+16) and 29th-ranked N.C. State (+16) are tied with No. 40 Michigan (+16) for fifth place.
The 54-hole tournament will conclude with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. Furman will tee off of holes one through four and will play in a group with Kent State and TCU. 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 290 293 583 +7
T1 Haylee Harford 70 69 139 -5
T6 Taylor Totland 71 73 144 E
T32 Natalie Srinivasan 74 76 150 +6
T38 Carly Burkhardt 76 75 151 +7
T45 Alice Chen 75 78 153 +9
*T19 Reona Hirai 73 75 148 +4
*-playing as an individual