HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Three-time reigning champion Furman posted a 13-over-par 301 to take a six-stroke lead into day two of competition at the 2018 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Mercer’s Payton Schanen had the best individual score of the day, shooting a 1-over-par 73 as the Bears sit six strokes back of the Paladins after round one.
Furman claimed the next three spots on the individual leaderboard as Natalie Srinivasan, the 2017 SoCon champion, shot a 2-over-par 74 to claim sole possession of second place. After registering a pair of birdies, Srinivasan quadruple-bogeyed the third hole but birdied No. 8 to begin the back nine at 2-over-par. The sophomore bogeyed No. 10 before birdieing 15 and shooting par for the last three holes. The Paladins’ Reona Hirai and Jacqueline Bendrick each turned in a 75, tying for third place.
As a team, Chattanooga sits third with a 20-over-308, while Samford is fourth shooting a 31-over-par 319, followed by ETSU’s 35-over-par 323. UNCG (+38), Wofford (+42), The Citadel (+61) and Western Carolina (+87) round out the field.
The individual leaderboard features a four-way tie for sixth place and a five-way tie for 10th place.
Playing in windy conditions, Mercer’s Schanen bogeyed hole three but shot even par for the last 15 holes. The junior from Alpharetta, Georgia, takes a one-stroke lead into day two. Mercer’s Karina Kukkonen, Mary Janiga and Hannah Mae Deems are part of a five-way tie for 10th place, finishing day one with 6-over-par 78s.
Chattanooga boasts four golfers in the top 10, led by Holly Morgan, who owns sole possession of fifth place with a score of 76. Tied for sixth, Megan Woods and Monica San Juan opened up the tournament with matching rounds of 77, while teammate Cristina Perez is tied for 10th after shooting a 78.
Samford’s Madeline Davis and Furman’s Alice Chen finished tied for sixth, posting scores of 77. Davis birdied hole No. 9 to finish the front nine 1-under. Battling the wind after the turn, Davis was able to make par on three of the last four holes, posting a back-nine 42. Chen, who shot a 5-over on the front nine, shot even-par after the turn, birdieing No. 12.
ETSU’s Loy Hee Ying rounds out the top 10 as the Bucs sit fifth overall as a team. Loy struggled on the front nine, shooting 6-over, but birdied a pair of holes on the back nine to shoot a 78 overall.
Live stats can be found at https://www.birdiefire.com/tournament/46311/ and will be updated throughout Monday’s second round. The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA regionals.
2018 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship
Moss Creek Golf Club
Par-72, 6,105 yards
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Top 10 individuals
1. Payton Schanen, Mercer 73
2. Natalie Srinivasan, Furman 74
T-3. Reona Hirai, Furman 75
T-3. Jacqueline Bendrick, Furman 75
5. Holly Morgan, Chattanooga 76
T-6. Megan Woods, Chattanooga 77
T-6. Monica San Juan, Chattanooga 77
T-6. Madeline Davis, Samford 77
T-6. Alice Chen, Furman 77
T-10. Karina Kukkonen, Mercer 78
T-10. Mary Janiga, Mercer 78
T-10. Hannah Mae Dems, Mercer 78
T-10. Loy Hee Ying, ETSU 78
T-10. Cristina Perez, Chattanooga 78
1. Furman 301
2. Mercer 307
3. Chattanooga 308
4. Samford 319
5. ETSU 323
6. UNCG 326
7. Wofford 330
8. The Citadel 349
9. Western Carolina 375