What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will enter the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship at the RTJ Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala., in second place, just two strokes off the lead.
* Four Panthers sit among the top 10 with 18 holes to play.
* Senior Solene Le Coz tied a career-low with a second round 70 to move into a tie for eighth place.
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Georgia State shot the low round of the day and its third-lowest of the year to move into second-place entering the final round of the Sun Belt Women’s Golf Championship at the RTJ-Fighting Joe Course.
Four Panthers sit among the top 10 thru 36 holes, led by senior Solene Le Coz and redshirt-sophomore Emily Royer who are tied for eighth. Le Coz led the Panthers with a career-low tying second round 2-under 70 to move to 3-over par with 18 holes to play.
Following a 5-over 293, Georgia State sits just two strokes behind leader Troy and will be paired with the Trojans and Texas State for the final round. Georgia State is looking to win its sixth conference championship in program history and advance to NCAA Regional play for the first time in seven years.
“I’m so incredibly proud of this team,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “We came into the week with a plan of how we wanted to play the course and we are executing it to perfection. All we wanted was a chance to win the title entering the final round and we are right there. We are going to be playing with two very good teams on Wednesday, but I know our team is up to the challenge.”
Le Coz made three birdies and an eagle on the Par 4 15th Hole to tie for the lowest round by a Panther this year. Her previous 70 came last year at the Fall Invitational.
Royer added a 1-over 73 following a 74 on Monday, making 15 pars and one birdie on Tuesday. Georgia State is tied for the lead in the field with 121 pars thru two rounds.
Sophomore Jemima Gregson and freshman Harmanprit Kaur, who both earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors on Monday night, are tied for 10th place at 4-over par. Both shot 3-over par 75s in Tuesday’s second round.
Senior Jooeun Bae rounded out Georgia State’s line-up with a 4-over 76 and is tied for 21st at 8-over par.
Troy shot a second round 12-over 300 to stand at 11-over par entering the final round. Georgia State is second at 13-over, followed by Texas State in third at 14-over. Little Rock is fourth at 20-over par, with Appalachian State in fifth at 25-over.
Troy’s Fatima Cano leads the individual field at 4-under par following a 1-under 71 on Tuesday. Texas State’s Sasikarn Somboonsup is second at 3-under par, with Little Rock’s Shania Berger in third at 1-under par. A group of four golfers are tied for fourth are at 1-over par, including Coastal Carolina’s Malene Krolboll Hansen, Texas State’s Anne-Charlotte Mora, Troy’s Bianca Lohbauer and Appalachian State’s Joliana Elias.
Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will tee off Hole No. 1 at 9:15 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning in the final pairing.
With a win this week, Georgia State would advance to one of four NCAA Regional sites May 8-10. Regional sites include Albuquerque, N.M., Greenville, N.C., Lubbock, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio.