What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 309 to stand in a tie for fourth-place following day one of the 25th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.
* Senior Paula Zabarte opened play with a 1-over 73 and stands in third-place.
* The 17-team field will continue play on Monday morning with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m.


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Led by an opening round 1-over 73 from senior Paul Zabarte, the Georgia State women’s golf team shot a 309 on Sunday to stand in a tie for fourth at the 25th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing Country Club.

Zabarte shot a season-low round to stand in third-place, just two strokes off the lead with 36 holes to play. Her round included a stretch of three-straight birdies on the opening nine.

Jacksonville leads the 17-team field following an opening round 299. Murray State is in second-place at 14-over, with Sun Belt foe South Alabama in third at 16-over. Georgia State is tied with Elon for fifth-place at 21-over par.

Winthrop’s Ashley Sloup leads the 89-player field at 1-under par following an opening round 71. South Alabama’s Siti Shaari is in second-place at even par, with Zabarte standing in third. A group of five golfers are tied for fourth-place at 2-over par.

“Considering the tough conditions, I thought we did okay today,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “Paula is playing her best golf of the season. Our team fought hard all day and that is all I can ask. We know we can climb a few spots with a good round tomorrow and be right where we want to be entering the final round.”

Freshman Chloe Howard opened play with a 6-over 78 and is tied for 26th at 6-over par. Junior Jemima Gregson and sophomore Harmanprit Kaur shot each shot 79 on Sunday and are tied for 30th at 7-over par. Sophomore Grace Choi rounded out the line-up with a 12-over 84 and is tied for 68th.

Senior Yasemin Sari who is competing as an individual this week shot an 11-over 83 on Sunday and is tied for 60th.

Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will be paired with Elon and Tulsa for Round 2, teeing off Hole No. 1 at 9:15 a.m., on Monday. The first tee times begin at 8:30 a.m., off both Holes No. 1 and 10.

The lone home tournament on the team’s schedule is open to the public. Eagle’s Landing Country Club is located off Exit 224 on I-75.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will conclude the regular season at the Charleston Invitational April 2-3, at RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.