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Furman wins SoCon team title, Hirai is medalist

The Furman Lady Paladins celebrate their fourth straight SoCon Championship. The team members included medalist Reona Hirai, Natalie Srinivasan, Alice Chen, Haley Harford and Jacqueline Bendrick

The Furman Lady Paladins continued their stretch of mastery over the Southern Conference with a 34 stroke victory in the SoCon tournament.

The victory was the fourth straight championship for the Lady Paladins and the 17th SoCon title in the school’s history.

In addition to the team title the Lady Paladins also won their fourth straight individual championship. Senior Reona Hirai carded a 1-over par 73 on the windy Moss Creek Plantation course to claim medalist honors by 4-shots.

Interview with Reona Hirai

All five Furman golfers finished in the top-eight. Last year’s champion Natalie Srinivasan was the runner-up. Alice Chen tied for third place with teammate Haylee Harford while Jacqueline Bendrick finished in eighth place.

The victory earns the Lady Paladins a return trip to the NCAA post season. Furman received the automatic bid to the playoffs representing the Southern Conference.


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