HANAHAN, S.C. -- The No. 8 Furman (-3) women's golf team is tied for fourth place in Sunday's opening round of the 15th Annual Cougar Classic at the par 72, 2,261 yard Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. Play was suspended due to inclement weather with two Paladins still on the course. Junior Natalie Srinivasan and senior Jacqueline Bendrick will complete their final hole, No. 9, Monday morning beginning at 8 a.m.
Srinivasan, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., is tied for third at 3-under to lead the Paladins with scores reported through her first 15 holes. She started on No. 10 and birdied three holes on the back, including consecutive birdies on No. 17 & No. 18 to make the turn at 1-under, then added birdies on No. 2 and No. 4 to stand four strokes back of leader Sierra Brooks (-7) of Florida, who carded an opening round 65.
Bendrick (-1) is tied for 15th with 15 holes reported. She carded two birdies on the front and added back to back birdies on No. 4 and No. 5 and sits at 1-under. Junior Marra Burton (E) is in the clubhouse in 27th place after shooting even 72 on Monday. Burton scored four birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 17 and No. 18. Senior Haylee Harford (+1) recorded a 73 with three birdies to tie for 41st, and sophomore Carly Burkhardt (+2) is tied for 53rd after tallying a 74 with birdies on No. 3 and No. 12.
Furman, which scored seven birdies on No. 17 and 18, carded 18 birdies on the day, just two behind No. 14 Florida (-10). The Gators lead the field at 10-under, just two strokes ahead of No. 31 Vanderbilt (-8). Third-ranked Arkansas (-6) is in third, while the Paladins are tied with Penn State (-3) and College of Charleston (-3) for fourth place.
The 54-hole tournament continues at 8:00 a.m. on Monday with the conclusion of round one. Tee times for round two will begin one hour later than originally scheduled, with teams teeing off of No. 1 and No. 10. The tournament will conclude with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. Furman will tee off of No. 1 starting at 10:42 a.m. on Monday and will play in a group with N.C. State and Vanderbilt. Admission to the tournament is free and fans are welcome. Live tournament scoring will also be available via www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
T4 Furman -3
T3 Natalie Srinivasan -3 (through 15)
T15 Jacqueline Bendrick -1 (through 15)
T27 Marra Burton 72 E
T41 Haylee Harford 73 +1
T53 Carly Burkhardt 74 +2