Daniel, King, Ferro and Turner all went on to successful pro careers, but not before completing their decorated amateur years. Daniel led the way, claiming the 1975 and 1977 U.S. Women’s Amateurs en route to earning spots on the 1976 and 1978 USA Curtis Cup Teams. King finished eighth and earned low-amateur honors in the 1978 U.S. Women’s Open. Turner was a first-team All-American in 1979.
King is one of the best players in women’s golf history, having won six majors, highlighted by back-to-back U.S. Women’s Open titles in 1989-1990. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1995. Daniel won 33 LPGA Tour events, was the Tour rookie of the year in 1979, won the 1990 LPGA Championship (now the Women’s PGA Championship) and twice finished runner-up in the U.S. Women’s Open (1981 and 1982). She joined King in the Hall of Fame in 2000. Turner won the 1988 Women’s PGA Championship and was the Tour’s money winner that year.
Shortly after that group left, Dottie Pepper signed on to continue the Furman tradition. Pepper led the Lady Palladins to three top-five national finishes, played on the 1986 USA Curtis Cup Team, then won two major championships (1992 and 1999 Nabisco Dinah Shore, now the ANA Inspiration) as a professional before injuries forced her to pivot to a successful and ongoing broadcasting career.
When the men’s program was fighting financial difficulties and close to being eliminated by the school in 2014, Faxon and longtime Country Club of Charleston member and past U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist Frank Ford III were among those who stepped in to help save it. Today, the program has a $2.7 million endowment fund.
Furman has remained competitive nationally and the school boasts three USGA champions within the past four years. Todd White, one of the best mid-amateurs in the world and a member of the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team, paired with Nathan Smith to win the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015 at The Olympic Club.
In 2017, Furman teammates Alice Chen and Taylor Totland teamed up to write a storybook finish at The Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
“We get to represent Furman together in the home state,” said Chen after the 2017 win. “So, I don't think you could have written up a better story. And to be co-medalists and then fight it out to win, that's pretty much as good as it gets.”
For Furman golf, though, there are more stories yet to be written.
Joey Flyntz is an associate writer for the USGA. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.