LEXINGTON, S.C. – The Furman Paladins won their third straight Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship on Tuesday, turning in an 8-under-par 568 to claim a 28-shot win over runner-up Chattanooga. The Paladins' Natalie Srinivasan won the individual championship and was named the 2017 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year after shooting a 5-under 139 for the tournament at the par-72, 6,159-yard Country Club of Lexington.
Furman followed up Sunday's round of 280 with a 288 on the final day of the tournament for the best 36-hole score in SoCon tournament history, besting its own 2015 effort by five strokes. Srinivasan's score is the second-lowest by a SoCon player over 36 holes in SoCon Championship history. This year's event was shortened from the scheduled 54 holes because of inclement weather Monday.
With the win, Furman clinched the SoCon's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA field will be announced live Thursday, April 27, at 11 a.m. (ET), on the Golf Channel.
The Paladins placed three counting scores in the top five, with Srinivasan leading the pack. Furman's Alice Chen finished as the SoCon individual runner-up for the third consecutive year. Chen shot a 1-under-par 143 for the championship after posting scores of 3-under-par 69 and 2-over-par 74 on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. Paladin senior Taylor Totland finished in third place, scoring 1-over-par 145 through 36 holes.
Chattanooga turned in a team score of 596 to earn runner-up status for the third consecutive year, while ETSU placed third overall, totaling 606 strokes in the pair of championship rounds.
ETSU's Loy Hee Ying, the 2017 SoCon Player of the Year, tied for fourth place with Chattanooga's Monica San Juan after both posted scores of 2-over-par 146.
The Mocs' Cristina Perez and Furman sophomore Haylee Harford, who was the 2016 SoCon Freshman of the Year, tied sixth place after both players recorded identical scores on Sunday and Tuesday. Perez and Harford shot 4-over-par on Sunday and 1-under-par on Tuesday, totaling a score of 3-over-par 147 for the championship.
Mercer placed fourth with a team score of 615, while UNCG followed in fifth place with 618 strokes. Samford (619), Wofford (630), Western Carolina (638) and The Citadel (692) round out the rest of the group, respectively.
Furman first-year head coach Jeff Hull was named the SoCon Coach of the Year.
Furman's Haylee Harford earned the Pinnacle Award as the student-athlete with the highest GPA with a minimum of two semesters on the winning team.
2017 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship
Country Club of Lexington
Par-72, 6,159 yards
Top 10 individuals
Pl Player, team R1-R2=Total
1. Natalie Srinivasan, Furman 69-70=139 -5
2. Alice Chen, Furman 69-74=143 -1
3. Taylor Totland, Furman 72-73=145 +1
T-4. Loy Hee Ying, ETSU 69-77=146 +2
T-4. Monica San Juan, Chattanooga 76-70=146 +2
T-6. Cristina Perez, Chattanooga 76-71=147 +3
T-6. Haylee Harford, Furman 76-71=147 +3
8. Megan Woods, Chattanooga 74-74=148 +4
9. Natalia Asensio, UNCG 74-75=149 +5
10. Carly Burkhardt, Furman 70-80=150 +6
Pl Team R1-R2=Total +/- par
1. Furman 280-288=568 -8
2. Chattanooga 300-296=596 +20
3. ETSU 301-305=606 +30
4. Mercer 303-312=615 +39
5. UNCG 306-312=618 +42
6. Samford 310-309=619 +43
7. Wofford 320-310=630 +54
8. Western Carolina 320-318=638 +62
9. The Citadel 343-349=692 +116
2017 SoCon Player of the Year
Loy Hee Ying, So., ETSU
2017 SoCon Freshman of the Year
Natalie Srinivasan, Furman
2017 SoCon Coach of the Year
Jeff Hull, Furman
2017 Pinnacle Award Recipient
Haylee Harford, So., Furman