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Four Paladins Named To WGCA All-America Scholar Team

Carly Burkhardt
Carly Burkhardt

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman freshmen Carly Burkhardt and Natalie Srinivasan, along with sophomore Haylee Harford and junior Reona Hirai, were named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association's (WGCA) All-America Scholar Team, as announced by the organization this week. 

"Academics are obviously very important at Furman, so placing four players on the All Scholar team is very impressive," said Paladin head coach Jeff Hull.  "This award has extra meaning since Furman is such a difficult school.  I am very proud of all of our players who work so hard in and out of the classroom."

A Greenville, S.C., native, Burkhardt recorded a 74.9 stroke average over 26 rounds this season.  She was named to the All-Southern Conference Team and to the SoCon All-Freshman Team after notching a tenth place at the SoCon Championships.  Burkhardt had three other top-20 finishes during her freshman campaign, including a 13th-place finish at the Cougar Classic.  She posted a 3.66 GPA this year and is majoring in health sciences.

Srinivasan, who hails from Spartanburg, S.C., boasted a 73.7 stroke average and played in all 35 rounds for the Paladins during her freshman campaign.  She was named the 2017 SoCon Freshman of the Year after winning league individual medalist honors at the SoCon Championships, and garnered All-Southern Conference and SoCon All-Freshman Team accolades.  Srinivasan fired a 66 in the second round of the Cougar Classic, the best round for the Paladins in 2016-17, then carded a 68 in the final round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional to tie for fifth.  She notched a fifth-place finish at the Central District Invitational and recorded four top-10 and six top-20 finishes as a rookie.  Srinivasan, who is majoring in health sciences, posted a 3.7 GPA as a freshman.

A native of Leavittsburg, Ohio, Harford earned an WGCA All-America second team citation and was selected to the Golfweek All-America third team.  She concluded her sophomore campaign ranked 11th nationally after leading the Paladins and the SoCon with a 72.3 stroke average over 35 rounds.  Harford, who tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships, tied for individual medalist honors at the Minnesota Invitational, the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, and at the Brickyard Collegiate.  A member of the All-SoCon team for the second-straight season, she tied for fifth at the NCAA Lubbock regional and had five top-5 finishes and nine top-10 in 12 tournaments during her sophomore season.  The 2017 SoCon Pinnacle Award recipient, Harford holds a 3.56 cumulative GPA and is majoring in health sciences. 

Hirai, who hails from Summerville, S.C., recorded a 73.8 stroke average over 21 rounds for the Paladins in 2016-17.  She posted a season-best 70 in the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational to tie for 24th, and notched a season-best 11th-place finish at the Brickyard Collegiate.  Hirai, who was named to the All-SoCon team for the second time in her career, scored four top-20 finishes in seven tournaments during her junior campaign.  She boasts a 3.63 cumulative GPA in Japanese.

A total of 952 women's collegiate golfers in Division I, II, and III were recognized with the prestigious honor.  Athletes must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to be selected for the award.

Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information