Stockbridge, Ga.–On a day that saw cold and windy conditions dominate play, Old Dominion shot a 45-over, 621 36-hole total to take an eight-stroke lead into Tuesday’s final round of the 20th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge.

Old Dominion’s Kimberley Bradbury shot back-to-back rounds of 73 to finish the day at 2-over and holds a six-stroke lead after 36 holes.

This marks the 13th season that the tournament has been played at Eagle’s Landing Country Club, the home of the Georgia State golf teams.

With the wind blowing consistently with the 40-degree temperatures following a night of heavy rain, the scoring average for the field through two rounds was 82.69, as just one hole played under par for the day.

Following an opening round 322, Georgia State rebounded with an afternoon 308, the second-lowest score of the tournament, to stand at 54-over and alone in third, just one stroke behind Kent State and one stroke ahead of former conference foe James Madison. Samford rounds out the top five, finishing the day with a 70-over, 646 total on Monday.

“The conditions were extremely difficult out there today, but I was proud of the way our team fought back after a tough morning,” commented head coach Cathy Mant. “Going into the tournament, we wanted to be in the final pairing going into the last round to give us a chance to win our home event and we will be playing with the two leaders on Tuesday.”

Georgia State was led by junior Laura Sanchez who sitss tied for fourth following rounds of 81 and 74 to stand at 11-over.

Junior Maria Palacios is tied for ninth after rounds of 81 and 76 and stands at 13-over with 18 holes to play.

Freshman Julie Lied, who eagled the par five third hole in the second round, is tied for 17th at 16-over following rounds of 81 and 79.

Senior Kimmy Graff gave the Panthers four players in the top 25 as she is tied for 22nd following rounds of 79 and 82, finishing the day at 17-over.

Junior Melissa Siviter rounded out the Panthers line-up with rounds of 85 and 79 and is 34th at 20-over par.

Junior Solveig Helgesen, competing as an individual, stands is alone in third place following rounds of 78 and 75, finishing the opening day at 9-over.

Lauren Court, also competing as an individual, shot rounds of 85 and 88 to stand in a tie for 66th with 18 holes to play.

Following ODU’s Bradbury in second place is James Madison’s Maria Andrea Legaspi at 8-over after rounds of 77 and 75. There is a four-way tie for fourth following GSU’s Helgesen that includes Kent State teammates Jennifer Ha and Erin Hawe, along with Jacksonville’s Natalie Schmett and Panther Laura Sanchez.

Following this week, Georgia State will return to the course for one final regular season event, the UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic, April 6-7 in Wilmington, N.C.

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