What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 315 to sit in 11th place following the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Monday at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
* Sophomore Chloe Howard, who earned All-Tournament honors in the event last year, opened play with a 1-over 73 and is tied for 11th.
* Live scoring throughout the event can be found at GolfStat.com, while TV coverage can be found on ESPN+.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Led by an opening round 73 from sophomore Chloe Howard, the Georgia State women’s golf team shot a 315 on Monday to sit in 11th place at the Sun Belt Conference Championship at LPGA International.
Howard, who earned All-Tournament honors in the event last season, made four birdies during the open round to stand in a tie for 11th at 1-over par with 36 holes to play.
The Panthers, who are looking to win a sixth conference championship in program history, are 27-over par on a tightly contested leaderboard.
“I thought Chloe put together a nice round today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “With three players competing in their first conference championship, I think nerves played a bit of a roll. We made a few too many big numbers and just not enough birdies to put us in the position we want to be. However, I know this team will compete hard over the next two days to see if we can climb the leaderboard by Wednesday night.”
Junior Harmanprit Kaur, the lone upperclassman in the line-up, added a 6-over 78 and is tied for 34th. Freshman Maria Blasco is tied for 43rd following an opening round 80, while fellow freshman Emma Berlin is tied for 50th at 12-over par following an 84. Sophomore Petra Duran rounded out the line-up with a 14-over 86 and is tied for 52nd.
Texas State leads the 11-team field by one stroke following an opening round 2-over par 290. Troy and Georgia Southern are in a tie for second place at 3-over par, while South Alabama is in fourth place at 7-over par. Arkansas State rounds out the top five at 11-over par.
Texas State teammates Anne-Charlotte Mora and Sasikarn Somboonsup, along with Troy’s Lindsey Harrison and Georgia Southern’s Julianna Collett share the first round lead at 2-under par. A group of three golfers, including Georgia Southern’s Ansley Bowman, ULM’s Scarlett Eaton, and Little Rock’s Sydney Scraba are tied for fifth place at 1-under par.
Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. Live coverage of the event can be found on ESPN+. Georgia State will be paired with UT Arlington going off Hole No. 10 at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
With a tournament championship, Georgia State would advance to one of four NCAA Regional sites May 6-8. Regional sites include Auburn, Ala., Cle Elum, Wash., Norman, Okla., and East Lansing, Mich.