What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team opened the season Friday with a 19-over 307 to sit 12th at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.
* Freshman Chloe Howard led the Panthers with a 2-over 74 and stands tied for 18th.
* This marks the first of five tournaments for the Panthers this fall.

GREENVILLE, S.C – Led by a 2-over 74 from freshman Chloe Howard in her collegiate debut, the Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening round 307 to stand 12th following the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course.

Howard, who qualified first in the line-up, stands tied for 18th after making three birdies in her first round. She is just four shots out of second place.

“We are excited about Chloe and her play to start the season,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “She hit a lot of great shots today and is learning what college golf is all about. Petra also got her feet wet today and we are excited about her future. I think we will be better tomorrow. We go off early in the morning and will look to move up the leaderboard.”

Sophomore Harmanprit Kaur stands tied for 23rd after shooting a 3-over 75 on Friday which included three birdies.

Freshman Petra Duran added a 5-over 77 and is tied for 48th, while junior Jemima Gregson sits tied for 74th following a 9-over 81. Senior Yasemin Sari rounded out the line-up with an 11-over 83 and stands tied for 85th.

Daytona State leads the 17-team field following a 4-under 284. Virginia Tech stands second at even par, followed by Furman in third place at 5-over. Middle Tennessee is fourth at 7-over par, with East Tennessee State, UNC Wilmington and Kennesaw State tied for fifth at 10-over par.

Daytona State’s Jiwon Jeon shot an opening round 8-under 64 to lead the field by six strokes. Daytona State’s Hollie Muse, Virginia Tech’s Elizabeth Bose, Furman’s Alice Chen and East Tennessee State’s Loy Hee Ying are tied for second at 2-under par.

The 17-team field will utilize tee times on 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. Georgia State will be paired with Augusta and Southern Miss at 9 a.m. off Hole No. 10.

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.