What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening-round 27-over 315 to stand in 14th place following Friday’s play at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.
* Sophomore Emma Berlin led the Panthers with a 5-over 77 after making a pair of birdies in the opening round.
* Play in the 54-hole event continues on Saturday and Sunday in Greenville, S.C.


GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening-round 27-over par 315 to stand in 14th place with 36 holes to play at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course on Friday.

Sophomore Emma Berlin led the Panthers with a 5-over 77 to stand tied for 47th entering play on the weekend.

“We’re not happy with the outcome today, but we’re focusing on the positives,” head coach Jessica Steward said. “This course beat us up very quickly at the beginning, causing us five double bogeys in the first three holes. However, our team did their best to keep their heads in the game. We’re learning from our mistakes and the ladies are very excited to redeem themselves tomorrow.”

Freshman Jenny Marston made three birdies en route to a 6-over 78 to stand in a tie for 55th following day one. Senior Harmanprit Kaur and junior Chloe Howard each shot 8-over par rounds of 80 to stand tied for 59th, while sophomore Maria Blasco added a 9-over 81 and is tied for 70th.

Wake Forest quickly opened a six-stroke lead on the 16-team field with a 2-under par 286 following the opening round. Host Furman is in second-place at 4-over par, with North Florida and South Florida tied for third place at 5-over par. Kansas rounded out the top five at 6-over par entering the weekend.

Wake Forest’s Siyun Liu has a two-stroke individual lead following a 5-under 67. North Florida’s Lissette Davalos is in second-place at 3-under par. Old Dominion’s Jana Melichova and Leah Onosato, along with Wake Forest’s Lauren Walsh are tied for third-place at 2-under par.

The field will utilize tee times again on 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 Saturday 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.