What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team shot back-to-back rounds of 304 on Monday to stand in 16th place following 36 holes of the Pinehurst Challenge.
* Senior Jooeun Bae led the Panthers with rounds of 76 and 75 on the first day of competition.
* The Panthers are playing in their fifth of six tournaments this fall.


PINEHURST, N.C. – The Georgia State women’s golf team shot back-to-back rounds of 304 to stand in 16th place following the opening day of the Pinehurst Challenge.

Senior Jooeun Bae led the Panthers with rounds of 76 and 75 to stand at 7-over and tied for 48th place with one round to play on Tuesday. Her day was highlighted by three-straight birdies during the opening round.

“It was a tough day,” said head coach Cathy Mant. “We struggled with our short games and then we didn’t get rewarded for a lot of good shots which can happen sometimes in golf. The team continues to have a good attitude and it will give it their all on Tuesday.”

Sophomore Jemima Gregson and freshman Harmanprit Kaur are tied for 52nd at 8-over par. Gregson shot 76 in both rounds of play, while Kaur opened with a 75 and shot 77 in the afternoon. Kaur’s opening round included an eagle on the par 5 18th hole.

Senior Solene Le Coz added rounds of 77 and 76 for the Panthers and stands tied for 60th at 9-over par. Redshirt-sophomore Emily Royer rounded out the line-up shooting 87 and 83 to stand in 95th place with one round to play.

East Carolina shot an afternoon 11-under par 277 to move to 4-under thru 36 holes and hold the overnight lead by 10 strokes. The Pirates lead Auburn which stands second at 6-over, followed by Samford in third at 7-over. Wichita State is fourth at 9-over, while Kennesaw State, Maryland and host College of Charleston are tied for fifth at 15-over.

East Carolina’s Lisa Pettersson shot an afternoon 7-under 65 to stand at 7-under for the day and hold a one-stroke lead entering Tuesday. Auburn’s Kelli Murphy is second at 6-under par, while North Florida’s Teresa Conroy is third at 4-under. Elon’s Heather Munro and Samford’s Anna Buchanan are tied for fourth at 1-under par.

Live scoring of the final round can be found at GolfStat.com. Teams will utilize an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start for the final round.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will conclude the fall season at the FIU Pat Bradley Classic in Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 23-25.