What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team will open the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C. on Friday.
* Georgia State opened the fall with a ninth-place finish at the USA Intercollegiate as a pair of Panthers finished in the top 20.
* This marks the second of four tournaments this fall for the Panthers.


ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s golf team will continue the 2019-20 season on Friday with one of its toughest challenges of the year at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.

The Panthers are coming off a ninth-place finish at the USA Intercollegiate last week as Emma Berlin and Maria Blasco both finished among the top 20.

This will mark the fourth-straight year attending the event up I-85 and the fifth time in the last six years for head coach Jessica Steward’s squad.

"We're all excited to tackle this tough golf course and incredibly strong tournament field,” Steward said. “This could be an opportunity for these young ladies to prove to themselves, and to the community, that we can compete alongside some of the best programs in the nation. 

"We learned a lot from our debut in Mobile and will approach this event with a very strategic mindset. This is a very demanding course, so keeping the ball safe and in play is a priority, along with hitting our approach shots towards the low side of the pin. If we can stay patient and stick to our game plan, we have a chance to leave this event with a very satisfactory result." 

Georgia State will go into the second event of the year with the same line-up as in the first. Senior Harmanprit Kaur will lead a line-up that includes junior Chloe Howard, sophomores Emma Berlin and Maria Blasco, along with freshman Jenny Marston.

The 16-team field will include Coastal Carolina, Daytona State, host Furman, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, James Madison, Kansas, North Florida, Old Dominion, Richmond, South Florida, Southern Miss, Toledo, Tulsa, UNC Wilmington, and Wake Forest.

The field will utilize tee times Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. ET off Holes No. 1 and No. 10. The teams will use a shotgun start for the final round on Sunday also beginning at 9 a.m. Georgia State will be paired with James Madison and individuals beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Friday off Hole No. 10.

Live scoring of this week’s event can be found at GolfStat.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will return to the course Oct. 20-22, for the FIU Pat Bradley Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.