What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team will open the season on Friday at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
* This will mark the first of five fall events for the Panthers over the next six weeks.
* Georgia State finished as the runners-up at the Sun Belt Conference Championship last spring and return three members of that squad.


ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s golf team will open the 2017-18 season on Friday with one of its toughest challenges of the year at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.

The Panthers finished last season with a second-place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championship and return three members of that squad, while also adding several talented freshmen who qualified for the first event of the year.

Georgia State will go into the first event of the year with a relatively young line-up. Senior Yasemin Sari and junior Jemima Gregson will be the lone upperclassmen for the Panthers in the 54-hole event. They will be joined by sophomore Harmanprit Kaur, along with freshmen Chloe Howard and Petra Duran.

Gregson and Kaur were consistently at the top of Georgia State’s line-up last season, but after multiple rounds of qualifying, Howard was the one who took the top spot for week one.

“We have had severally really good weeks of practice and qualifying to get ready for this first event,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Our returners have really built off the momentum from the end of last year. They got a taste of what it was like to be in contention and have worked hard to keep us in those situations this year.

“I have been equally impressed by our two freshmen, Chloe and Petra, who qualified for the first event of the year. I look forward to seeing what they can do in the first event of the year.”

The 17-team field will utilize tee times on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. ET off Holes No. 1 and No. 10. The field will utilize a shotgun start on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. ET.

The field includes Augusta, Chattanooga, Daytona State, East Tennessee State, Furman, Georgia Southern, James Madison, Kennesaw State, LSU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, UNC Wilmington, Virginia Tech and Western Carolina.

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

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will return to the course for the Jacksonville Classic, Oct. 2-3, at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.