The Georgia State women's golf team saved its best for last in a lot of ways this year and it is with that hope that the 2017-18 season will lead to a return to NCAA Regional play.
Led by three underclassmen, Georgia State finished second at the Sun Belt championship in April, shooting one of the best three rounds scores in program history. The squad did it led by two sophomores and a freshman, leading most to believe that the future is extremely bright as head coach Cathy Mant concludes her 17th season at the helm of the Panthers.
Freshman Harmanprit Kaur and redshirt-sophomore Emily Royer led the way for the Panthers as each tied for seventh-place in the conference championship. Kaur earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors in her first season, to go along with five other Top 25 finishes.
She was joined by sophomore Jemima Gregson as an All-Sun Belt Second Team honoree. Gregson finished tied for 12th at the conference championship and garnered five Top 25 results during the year.
Both Gregson and Kaur finished with single-season scoring averages among the Top 15 in program history and with two talented freshmen joining the mix next year, there is reason to be optimistic.
“This was a tough regular season for us,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “We showed glimpses of being really good, but we just could not put it together for three straight rounds. However, we had a great group that never gave up and kept working hard. I think all of that hard work paid off with a great result to end the season which will hopefully give us a lot of momentum heading into next year.”
Kaur made her presence known in just the first tournament of the season by finishing tied for fifth at the Louisville Fall Kickoff.
Georgia State put together one of its best rounds the year, a second-round 292 at the USA Intercollegiate in mid-September. Senior Jooeun Bae led the way with a career-best tie for ninth, while Kaur finished 12th in her second event.
After a tough time at the Lady Paladin Invitational, the Panthers shot a season-low 291 in the second round of the Jacksonville Classic en route to a sixth-place finish. Gregson led the way with a tie for 18th, while Kaur finished 21st.
The Panthers closed the fall at the FIU Pat Bradley Classic as Kaur finished 12th with a second round 70.
Georgia State opened the spring with a tie for fifth at the Amelia Island Collegiate as Kaur and Gregson both earned Top 20 finishes.
After make the first trip to Hawai'i in program history, Georgia State hosted the 24th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, finishing eighth as Gregson led the way with a tie for 20th.
Closing the year with the Sun Belt Conference Championship, the Panthers where in contention throughout, returning to the form of a nine-year stretch in the 2000's where Georgia State never finished worse than second in a conference championship.
With a bright looking future, Georgia State will look to win a sixth conference championship in 2018 and return to NCAA Regional play for the seventh time. The season will get underway in early September.