What You Need to Know:
The Georgia State women’s golf team shot rounds of 291 and 297 to stand in 13th place following two rounds of the Pinehurst Challenge at Pinehurst No. 1.
Sophomore Harmanprit Kaur shot the low round of the season, an opening round 3-under 69, and stands in a tie for 40th.
Freshman Chloe Howard shot rounds of 74 and 71 to lead the Panthers at 1-over par and is tied for 27th.

PINEHURST, N.C. – Sophomore Harmanprit Kaur’s opening round 69 led the Georgia State women’s golf team in 36 holes of play at the Pinehurst Challenge on Monday. The Panthers sit in 13th place in a 19-team field with 18 holes to play on Tuesday.

Kaur opened play making four birdies en route to a 69 but shot 77 in the afternoon to stand in a tie for 40th place at 2-over par. The 69 is the lowest round of the season thus far.

Georgia State shot a season-low 3-over 291 on Monday morning before an afternoon 297 to sit at 12-over par thru 36 holes. In a tightly packed field, the Panthers are just four strokes back of eighth-place.

“The good news is that we made a ton of birdies today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “The bad news is that we made a few mistakes that cost us and we didn’t take advantage of a few of the holes that were playing easy. Thankfully, it is a tightly packed field and if we play to our potential, we should be able to move up the leaderboard on Tuesday.”

Freshman Chloe Howard once again leads the Panthers and is currently tied for 27th at 1-over par. Howard shot a 2-over 74 in the morning, before making five birdies en route to an afternoon 1-under 71.

Sophomore Jemima Gregson added rounds of 73 and 75 on Monday to stand in a tie for 48th at 4-over par. Freshman Petra Duran is tied for 65th at 7-over par following rounds of 75 and 76.

Sophomore Grace Choi rounded out the line-up with rounds of 80 and 75 to stand tied for 80th at 11-over. Her second round 75 was a career-low and included an eagle on the par 5 second hole.

East Carolina tied the tournament record for the lowest team round (277) in the second round and stands at 10-under par, leading Coastal Carolina which is at 9-under by one stroke. Maryland is in third place at 5-under par, with Old Dominion in fourth at 3-under par. First-round leader North Florida rounds out the top five at even par.

Coastal Carolina’s Malene Krolboll Hansen leads the field at 9-under par following rounds of 68 and 67. Jacksonville State’s Valentina Giraldo is in second place at 8-under par, with Towson’s Alix Lowe in third at 6-under par. Elon’s Heather Munro and Jacksonville’s Amanda Detmer are tied for fourth at 5-under par.

The final round on Tuesday will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The Panthers will be paired with College of Charleston, Elon, and William & Mary.

Live scoring of this week’s event 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 FIU Pat Bradley Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Oct. 22-24.