The 8th ranked Furman Lady Paladins held on to the lead through the first 36 holes of the Clemson Invitational being played at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
Furman shot a second round 283 to hold a one shot lead over 5th ranked Florida and 6th ranked Florida State.
“We played another solid round today and are happy to be leading at eight under,” said Furman golf coach Jeff Hull. “It is a tight race against some really good teams so it will be fun to compete tomorrow,” he added.
The Seminoles had the best round of the day posting a 278, 10-under par total to move into a tie with the Gators.
Matilda Castren of FSU shot the best round of the tournament so far with a 7-under par 65 to finish the second round in a second place tie with first round leader Alice Chen of Furman.
Chen shot a 3-under par round to stand at 7-under par for the tournament and will start the final round one shot behind Sophia Shubert of Texas.
Shubert shot a 5-under par 67 to go with her first round 3-under par 68 to claim the one shot lead going into the final round.
Texas benefited from the fine play of Shubert and a 3-under par round from Emilee Hoffman and a 2-under par 70 from Greta Isabella Voelker.
The Longhorns finished at 8-under par to move up to fourth place.
Clemson, the tournaments host, improved its team score by eight shots to climb into a four-way tie for eighth place in the 17 team field. The Tigers are tied with Ohio State, Tennessee and Louisville at 12-over par.
Sydney Legacy was the top Tiger for the second day in a row. Legacy shot her second straight round of 1-under par 71 to finish the first 36 holes in a five-way tie for eighth place.
Furman senior Taylor Totland rolled in an 18 foot birdie putt on the final hole to keep the Paladins in the lead. Totland shot an even par round of 72 and is in a tie for 13th place.
“I can’t be upset with an under par round, but we left a lot of shots out there. We need to do better on Sunday,” concluded Hull.
The final round will start of the 1st and 10th tees. Furman, Florida and Florida State will be the final three groups off the tee starting at 9:39.
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