GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman women's golf team is ranked seventh nationally according to the final fall Golfweek collegiate rankings, which were released today by the publication.
The Paladins, who notched a 12th-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships after claiming their third-straight SoCon Championship last season, opened the 2017-18 season in mid-September with a team victory at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Junior Haylee Harford, who earned All-American citations from the WGCA and Golfweek last season, finished second to lead the Paladins, while senior Alice Chen tied for fourth.
In early October, Furman competed at the prestigious ANNIKA Intercollegiate in Eden Prairie, Minn. The Paladins, who set a new program record with a second-round 277, tied for fourth in one of the strongest fields in the country, and sophomore Natalie Srinivasan, the 2017 SoCon Freshman of the Year, tied for third among individuals.
The following week, the Paladins finished second at the Betsy Rawls Invitational, beating out Arizona State, the defending NCAA Champion. Furman moved up six spots on the leader board in the final day of play after posting the low round of the day by nine strokes. Harford finished third, followed by Srinivasan in fourth, and senior Reona Hirai tied for 24th.
Furman concluded the fall season at a rain-shortened Landfall Invitational in Wilmington, N.C., at the end of October. Srinivasan tied for third among the individuals after carding a 68 and a 70, while the Paladins tied for sixth in a field that included five of the top 10 teams in the nation and nine top-25 teams.
"Overall we had a strong fall with some excellent individual performances," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull. "Our final ranking of seventh in Golfweek and ninth in Golfstat reflects this. We have four players ranked inside the top 125, with Natalie leading the way with a ranking of 16th. She finished with three top-4 finishes in three of the top events in the country. Haylee also had strong finishes at the Lady Paladin and at Texas to finish the fall ranked 53rd. Everyone is very motivated to work hard this off season in order to make a strong run in the spring."
Furman will open the 2018 spring season at the Louisville Moon Golf Invitational in Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 19-20.
Complete rankings can be found at http://rankings.golfweek.com/rankings/default.asp?T=wt
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information
November 8 Golfweek Rankings
6 South Carolina
9 Oklahoma State
10 Southern California
11 Michigan State
12 Arizona State
17 Kent State