BEDMINSTER, N.J. – Furman’s Natalie Srinivasan (+4) tied for 69th Friday at the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open at the par-72, 6,732-yard Trump National Golf Club.
Srinivasan, a rising sophomore from Spartanburg, S.C., scored an opening-round 77 on Thursday then recorded four birdies to card a 1-under 71 in Friday’s second round. Srinivasan birdied No. 1 and added a second birdie on No. 9, making the turn at 1-under, before notching consecutive birdies on No. 12 and No. 13.
“This was such an amazing experience,” said Srinivasan. “I am so grateful to have had the chance to play in the U.S. Open. I played with some of the best players in the world, and I learned so much. I hope to have many more opportunities like this and be able to apply what I have learned to the next championship.”
The 2017 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Srinivasan claimed individual medalist honors at the 2017 SoCon Championship and was named to the All-SoCon team and to the SoCon All-Freshman Team. She posted a 73.7 stroke average over 35 rounds and fired a 66 in the second round of the Cougar Classic, the best round for the Paladins in 2016-17. Srinivasan, who carded a 68 in the final round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional to tie for fifth, had four top-10 and six top-20 finishes as a rookie.
Srinivasan was the first Paladin golfer to compete at the U.S. Open since Stefanie Kenoyer qualified for the event in 2009. Betsy King qualified as a Furman student in 1976, and Dottie Pepper competed while at Furman in 1984. King and Pepper each earned low amateur honors at the tournament.
The ultimate test for the best female golfers in the world, the U.S. Women’s Open Championship field is comprised of 156 top professionals and amateurs competing for the most coveted prize in women’s golf. The tournament features a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. The complete field of 156 players played 18 holes of stroke play on Thursday and Friday, after which the field was reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday to determine the champion.