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Totland advances at US Women’s Am

Taylor Totland of Furman finished t-15 after stroke play at the US Women's Am.

Taylor Totland of Furman finished t-15 after stroke play at the US Women’s Am.

Furman golfer Taylor Totland had the best stroke play finish of the three local players in the US Women’s Amateur being played in Portland, Oregon.

Totland shot rounds of 71-73 for a 143 total and a tie for 15th place. She advanced to the round of 64 which will begin on Wednesday.

Totland recently won her home state New Jersey women’s amateur championship. She finished the college golfer season earning All-America honors after winning the SoCon individual championship and helping Furman win the team title and advance to the NCAA Championship.

Alice Chen of Furman is in a playoff for one of the last spots in the round of 64.

Alice Chen of Furman is in a playoff for one of the last spots in the round of 64.

Two area golfers tied for 55th after stroke play was completed. Alice Chen, Totland’s teammate at Furman shot rounds of 73-75 for a 148 total. Chen finished second at the SoCon championship last spring and was named the Conference freshman of the year.

Also tying for 55th place is Clemson rising sophomore Marisa Messana. Messana shot identical rounds of 74 to advance.

16 golfers were tied for the last 10 spots and began a playoff on Tuesday evening.

Marisa Messana was eliminated in a playoff at the US Women's Amateur.

Marisa Messana was eliminated in a playoff at the US Women’s Amateur.

Messana was eliminated on the first playoff hole when she made a bogey 5.

Chen pared the first hole and will have a chance to earn one of the spots in the round of 64 when the playoff resumes on Wednesday morning

Kelli Murphy of Elgin and now an Auburn golfer finished at 9-over par and missed the cut.

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