What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a final round 297 to finish tied for fifth at the Sun Belt Conference Championship at The Raven Golf Club.
* Senior Paula Zabarte earned a career-best fourth-place finish in the final event of her collegiate career by shooting 73 on Tuesday.
* Freshman Chloe Howard earned her third top 10 finish of the year with a tie for fifth at 11-over par.


MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Led by a pair of top five finishers, the Georgia State women’s golf team concluded the season on Tuesday with a tie for fifth place at the Sun Belt Conference Championship at The Raven Golf Club.

Senior Paula Zabarte, who earned a career-best fourth-place finish in her final collegiate tournament, shot a final round 73 to finish the 54-hole event at 10-over par. It marked the first top 10 finish of her career.

Chloe Howard capped a remarkable freshman season with a tie for fifth at 11-over par following a final round 72. Howard finished her first year at GSU with three top 10 finishes and six top 25 results in just 10 events.

For their efforts, both Zabarte and Howard earned Sun Belt All-Tournament honors.

The Panthers saved their best round for last shooting a 13-over par 297 on Tuesday to move up one spot in the standings in a tie at 69-over par.

“I’m just so proud of Paula on the way she finished her collegiate career,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “The turnaround this spring in her game has been incredible and I am excited for her future. I’m also excited the way Emily played in her final round. She made some birdies down the stretch and gets to go out on a positive note.

“All week everyone fought hard, had a good attitude and gave me everything they had. That is the type of culture we want with our golf program. We didn’t get off to the best start early in the week, but we didn’t give up and for that I am extremely proud.”

Sophomore Harmanprit Kaur finished play tied for 24th at 18-over par following a round of 77 on Tuesday. Sophomore Grace Choi added an 81 in the final round to finish at 36-over par and in 51st place. Senior Emily Royer rounded out the line-up by shooting 75 on Tuesday to finish 52nd at 41-over par.

Coastal Carolina cruised to a 34-stroke win at 20-over par following a final round 289. Troy finished in second-place at 54-over par, with Georgia Southern coming in third at 62-over par. Texas State placed fourth at 63-over par while the Panthers, along with South Alabama and Arkansas State tied for fifth at 69-over par.

Coastal Carolina’s Malene Krolboll Hansen earned low medalist honors at 2-under par, winning the event by five strokes. Teammate Sena Ersoy finished in second place at 3-over par, with Georgia Southern’s Ansley Bowman coming in third at 9-over par. Zabarte finished alone in fourth at 10-over par while Howard, along with Appalachian State’s Joliana Elias and Coastal Carolina’s Marie Lunackova tied for fifth at 11-over par.

Georgia State will lose three seniors off this year’s squad, but is expected to announce multiple signings for next year in the coming days.