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Lady Paladins dominate SoCon tourney

Furman’s Reona Hirai has the lead going into the final round of the SoCon Women’s Championship.

The Southern Conference Women’s championship could have been held at the Furman University golf course. The Lady Paladins not only have a big lead over the field, but all five Furman golfers are in the top-8 of the individual standings.

The Lady Paladins shot a 302 total in difficult windy conditions at Moss Creek near Hilton Head. Furman has a 36 hole total of 603  to have a 22 shot lead over Chattanooga.

In addition to the big lead in the team championship, Furman’s Reona Hirai tied teammate Haylee Harford for the best second round score. The two Lady Paladin golfers shot rounds of 2-over par 74.

Hirai has a three shot lead over defending SoCon individual champion and teammate Natalie Srinivasan. The Lady Paladin sophomore is tied for second with Holly Morgan of Chattanooga.

Defending SoCon individual champion Natalie Srinivasan is in second place, three shots behind the leader.

Three more Furman golfers are within striking distance of the individual title. Alice Chen shot a second round 76  to be 4-shots behind Hirai in fourth place. Harford’s 74 moved her up into a tie for fifth place. Jacqueline Bendrick,  who is tied for eighth place, is only 7-shots out of the lead.

Wofford’s Nicole Chen is tied for sixth place and the team is in 7th place going into the final round.

Last year the Lady Paladins won their 16th SoCon by a similar margin. The tournament played at Lexington Country Club was limited to 36 holes because of bad weather.

The Lady Paladins will attempt to finish off their fourth SoCon title championship in a row with the final round to be played on Tuesday morning.

Live scoring is available on http://www.birdiefire.com.

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