What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening round 317 in cold and windy conditions at the Alexa Stirling Women’s Intercollegiate Invitational at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek on Friday.
Chloe Howard and Emma Berlin each shot rounds of 77 to lead the Panthers.
* Georgia State is competing in its fifth and final tournament of the fall season.


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Following a four-hour delay due to rain and then playing in cold and windy conditions, the Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening round 317 at the Alexa Stirling Women’s Intercollegiate Invitational at Atlanta Athletic Club on Friday.

The Panthers sit in 11th place at 29-over par with 36 holes to play this weekend.

Sophomore Chloe Howard and freshman Emma Berlin led the Panthers by each shooting 77 on Friday to sit in a tie for 33rd.

“Despite the tough conditions today, I thought our team fought hard all day,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “The keys for the next two days is to work to improve our score each day and see how much we can climb up a very good leaderboard.”

Junior Harmanprit Kaur stands tied for 54th at 9-over par following an opening round 81. Senior Jemima Gregson who is making her fall debut added a 10-over 82 for the Panthers and is 61st. Sophomore Petra Duran rounded out the line-up with an 11-over 83 to sit in 62nd place.

No. 36 Louisville leads the 11-team field following an impressive 2-under 286 on Friday. Virginia Tech is in second place at 4-over par with No. 30 Auburn in third at 6-over par. No. 29 Georgia is in fourth place at 11-over par while East Carolina and Indiana are tied for fifth at 15-over par.

Louisville’s Lauren Hartlage opened play with a 6-under 66 and leads the 64-player field. Virginia Tech’s Keera Foocharoen is in second place at 2-under par, while Georgia’s Elisa Yang and Auburn’s Mychael O’Berry are tied for third place at 1-under par. A trio of golfers are tied for fifth place at even par.

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

Teams will utilize tee times again on Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. Georgia State will be paired with Dartmouth again on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. off Hole No. 10.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will open the spring season at the Amelia Island Collegiate Feb. 18-19, in Amelia Island, Fla.