What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening-round 16-over 304 to stand tied for eighth at the 40th annual FIU Pat Bradley Classic at Lakewood Ranch Golf Club on Sunday.
* Freshman Chloe Howard stands tied for 12th at 2-over par and just three strokes off the lead.
* With inclement weather expected for Tuesday, teams will attempt to play 36 holes on Monday to finish the 54-hole event.


LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Led by a 2-over 74 from freshman Chloe Howard, the Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening-round 16-over 304 to stand in a tie for eighth following the first round of the 40th annual FIU Pat Bradley Classic at Lakewood Ranch Golf Club.

Howard, who has finished in the top 30 in her first three collegiate events, is tied for 12th and just three strokes off the lead. She made three birdies during the opening round.

“We played really well our first 15 holes today and put ourselves in a great position,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “However, the wind picked up a bit and we stumbled coming in. Despite not having the finish we wanted, we are still in very good shape for a great finish. Hopefully, we can get some momentum going early tomorrow and let it carry us for 36 holes.”

Sophomore Grace Choi sits in a tie for 27th following an opening round 76. After teeing off on the 10th hole, Choi finished her opening nine holes birdie-birdie-eagle to shoot 1-under par.

Junior Emily Royer and sophomore Harmanprit Kaur are tied for 37th at 5-over par after each shot 77 in the opening round. Junior Jemima Gregson rounded out the line-up with a 6-over 78 on Sunday to sit in a tie for 48th.

Boston College opened the event with a 6-over 294 to hold a one-stroke lead entering round two. South Florida is in second-place at 7-over par, with Southern Miss in third at 9-over par. Florida Gulf Coast and Western Kentucky are tied for fourth at 11-over par.

South Florida’s Ning Phongpaiboon and Wyoming’s Gabrielle Gibson are tied for first place after each shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday. FIU teammates Carolina Andrade and Agueda Cortilla Mas, along with Southern Miss’ Valentina Haupt and Boston College’s Bibi Liu are tied for third place at even par.

Live scoring of all three rounds can be found at BirdieFire.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

Teams will utilize an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Monday with the goal of playing 36 holes before inclement weather arrives in South Florida.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will close out the fall season at the Ladies Fall Classic hosted by Louisville at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek beginning Friday.