What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 8-over 296 to stand in fifth place following the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship at the RTJ Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Jemima Gregson and Harmanprit Kaur each shot first day scores of 1-over 73 and sit tied for ninth place.
* The round of 296 was tied for the third-lowest round of the season for Georgia State.


MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Led by a pair of 73s from Jemima Gregson and Harmanprit Kaur, Georgia State stands fifth following the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the RTJ-Fighting Joe Course.

The Panthers shot an opening round 8-over 296, Georgia State’s third-lowest round of the season, to stand just 11 strokes off the lead entering round two.

Gregson and Kaur each made a pair of birdies during the opening round to stand at 1-over par and tied for ninth-place with two rounds to play.

Georgia State is looking to win its sixth conference championship in program history and advance to NCAA Regional play for the first time in seven years.

“Overall, I think everyone was very pleased with the way we played today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “We stumbled a little bit at the end, but still put together a really nice score. Our goal going into the championship was to be in the final pairing on Wednesday and right now I think we still have a great shot.”

Redshirt-sophomore Emily Royer added a 2-over par 74 and stands tied for 14th with 36 holes to play. Royer made three birdies during the opening round.

Senior Jooeun Bae added a 4-over 76 and is tied for 26th after Monday’s opening round. Fellow senior Solene Le Coz got off to a rough start, but birdied the last two holes to shoot a 5-over 77 and is tied for 36th.

Paced by the top two golfers in the field, Texas State shot an opening round 3-under 285 to grab the day one lead. Troy stands in second place at 1-under, followed by Little Rock in third at 3-over. Arkansas State sits in fourth place at 5-over par, just three strokes ahead of Georgia State.

Texas State’s Anne-Charlotte Mora opened play with a 5-under 67 to lead after 18 holes. Teammate Sasikarn Somboonsup is second at 4-under par. Troy’s Fatima Cano and Little Rock’s Shania Berger are tied for third at 3-under par, with Troy’s Bianca Lohbauer in fifth place at 2-under.

Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will tee off Hole No. 1 at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning paired with Arkansas State and Appalachian State.

With a win this week, Georgia State would advance to one of four NCAA Regional sites May 8-10. Regional sites include Albuquerque, N.M., Greenville, N.C., Lubbock, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio.