What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team shot rounds of 301 and 299 on Monday to stand in third place entering the final round of the Jacksonville Classic.
* Freshman Chloe Howard shot back-to-back rounds of 73 on Monday and is tied for sixth at 2-over par.
* The Panthers are just eight strokes back of host Jacksonville and will be paired with the Dolphins for the final round.


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Led by stellar play from freshman Chloe Howard, the Georgia State women’s golf team sits in third place following the first day of the Jacksonville Classic at Marsh Landing Country Club.

Howard, playing in just her second collegiate tournament, shot rounds of 73 and 73 to sit at 2-over par and tied for sixth with 18 holes to play. The freshman made five birdies during the first day of play.

Georgia State shot rounds of 301 and 299 to stand at 24-over par entering the final round. The Panthers are just eight-strokes back of host Jacksonville and will be paired with the Dolphins in the final round on Tuesday.

“I’m extremely proud of the way our team played today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “For all the great things we did, we still made some mistakes that I know we can clean up. It feels great to be in contention entering the final round and I believe this team is going to rise to the challenge.”

Sophomore Jemima Gregson stands tied for 15th following back-to-back rounds of 75. Gregson’s day included a back-nine 34 during her morning round.

Sophomore Grace Choi added rounds of 78 and 76 to stand tied for 31st with 18 holes to play. Fellow sophomore Harmanprit Kaur shot 75 and 80 on Monday and is tied for 34th. Freshman Petra Duran rebounded from an opening round 83 to shoot 75 in the afternoon and move into a tie for 55th.

Host Jacksonville leads the field at 16-over par following a second round 2-under 286. Seminole State is in second at 19-over par, with Georgia State in third at 24-over. Flagler is in fourth at 25-over par, with Charleston Southern and Daytona State in a tie for fifth at 26-over.

Jacksonville’s Michelle Forsland leads the field at 2-under par following a second round 67. Teammate Amanda Detmer is in second at 1-under par, with Jacksonville State’s Valentina Giraldo in third at even par. Seminole State’s Worapitcha Anndit and Flagler’s Natalia Azcue are tied for fourth at 1-over par.

Live scoring of the final round 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 for the Pinehurst Challenge, hosted by the College of Charleston Oct. 9-10, in Pinehurst, N.C.