What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot rounds of 312 and 294 to stand in 12th-place following 36 holes at the Charleston Invitational at RiverTowne Country Club.
* Senior Paula Zabarte shot a season-low 69 in the second round and stands in a tie for 25th entering the final round.
* Georgia State’s 6-over 294 in the second round was just three strokes off a season-best.


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Led by an afternoon 69 from senior Paula Zabarte, the Georgia State women’s golf team stands in 12th-place following two rounds of the Charleston Invitational at RiverTowne Country Club.

Playing 36 holes on Monday, the Panthers opened play with a round of 312 but improved by 18 strokes in the afternoon to shoot 294 to stand at 30-over par with 18 holes to play.

Zabarte led the afternoon charge with a 3-under 69 following a round of 80 in the morning. The second round included seven birdies to move the senior into a tie for 25th at 5-over par. The 69 is a season-low for Zabarte and tied for the lowest round by a Panther this season.

“It was a tough morning, but the afternoon showed the type of golf this team is capable of playing,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Paula is playing the best golf of her collegiate career and it is coming at a time when we need it. If not for one bad hole in the afternoon, her special round could have been near record-setting.”

Freshman Chloe Howard shot rounds of 76 and 74 to sit at 6-over par and tied for 31st entering the final round. Sophomore Harmanprit Kaur added rounds of 78 and 76 to stand tied for 49th at 10-over par.

Junior Jemima Gregson is tied for 66th at 14-over par following rounds of 78 to 80. Sophomore Grace Choi rounded out the line-up with rounds of 89 and 75 to stand in a tie for 78th at 20-over par.

Coastal Carolina leads the 17-team field by eight strokes at 3-under par. No. 35 Campbell is in second-place at 5-over par with No. 47 East Carolina in third at 12-over. Middle Tennessee stands in fourth-place at 13-over par, while Memphis and North Florida are tied for fifth at 14-over par.

Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. The final round will begin on Tuesday with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start. Georgia State will be paired with in-state foe Georgia Southern and FIU.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will open the Sun Belt Conference Championship at The Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla., April 16-18.