Sorrento, Fla. - The Georgia State women's golf team concluded its first tournament of the spring season with a 17th place finish at the UCF Challenge.
Freshman Julie Lied took the top spot for the Panthers, tying for 50th place. Lied shot a 75 on the final day, bringing her three day total to 227 (+11). Junior Maria Palacios also shot a 75 on the final day, but was two strokes overall behind Lied with a 229 (+13) total.
Junior Laura Sanchez followed close behind Palacios with her 231 (+15) score, which tied her for 66th place. Junior Melissa Siviter and senior Kimmy Graff tied for 94th place with their scores 241 (+25).
"It's been a tough deal," coach Cathy Mant said. "Our score doesn't reflect how well we're doing in certain areas. We are hitting well, but our short game is letting us down substantially. We're making big numbers, and if you look at our scoring, people were making doubles and triples. We're making too many of them, and we just can't do that. We will continue to work on it and get better for the future."
The Panthers beat No. 46 Oregon State by five strokes. No. 9 North Carolina won the tournament, shooting 10-under par. The second place team, No. 30 Tulane, was 17 strokes back, going 7-over for the tournament. Host UCF rounded out the top three, shooting 12-over.
Virginia's Briana Mao won the tournament by one stroke over East Carolina's F. Gustafsson Spang, shooting 4-under. North Carolina rounded out the top five with three of their players, Elizabeth Mallett, Katherine Perry and Casey Grice all finishing under par.
The Panthers will be back in action March 8-10 at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.