What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will host the 26th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate beginning Sunday at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.
* A total of 16 teams will compete in the three-day 54-hole event located 25 minutes south of Atlanta.
* Live scoring throughout the event can be found at GolfStat.com.
ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s golf team will host the 26th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge beginning Sunday. A 16-team field will compete in the three-day, 54-hole event at one of the premier golf courses in Atlanta.
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 a practice round on Saturday afternoon, the teams will go off the first and tenth tees on Sunday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. The second round will be played on Monday (tee times) with the final round coming on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate was first played in 1993 at Northwood Country Club, the home of the Panthers until 1999. The tournament was founded by then-Georgia State golf coach Kevin Propst and assistant Kirk McQueen with extensive help and support from Northwood County Club club pro John Kirk. When John Kirk passed away after a battle with cancer, his name was added to the Panther Intercollegiate to honor his assistance and commitment to the Georgia State women’s golf program.
After one year at Chateau Elan Golf Club in 2000, the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate moved to Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., and has remained there ever since.
Georgia State has won the event four times, most recently in 2010. The squad has also earned low medalist honors four times, most recently by Maria Palacios in 2014.
The Panthers are coming off a season-best third-place finish at the MSU Spring Citrus Challenge last week and look to keep that momentum as this is the last event before the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
“We are excited to be playing at home in front of our family, friends, and fans at Eagle’s Landing Country Club,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “We always have such great support at our home event and it means a lot to our program. We had a great event in Florida last week and I believe we are starting to play our best golf of the year.”
Joining Georgia State in the field will be Albany, Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Eastern Washington, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, McNeese State, Murray State, Oral Roberts, Samford, South Florida, Towson, UL Monroe, and Winthrop.
This week’s line-up will include junior Harmanprit Kaur, sophomores Chloe Howard and Petra Duran, along with freshmen Maria Blasco and Alejandra Ayala. Senior Jemima Gregson will also be competing as an individual for the Panthers.
Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will be paired with South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast for Round 1, teeing off Hole No. 1 at 10 a.m. The first tee times begin at 8:30 a.m.
Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will open the Sun Belt Conference Championship April 15-17, at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.