What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 317 to stand in 11th place following day one at the 26th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing Country Club.
* Harmanprit Kaur and Petra Duran led the Panthers with rounds of 78 in wet and windy conditions.
* The 16-team field will play Round 2 of the three-round event on Monday morning.
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – The Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening round 317 to stand in 11th place following day one of the 26th annual John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle’s Landing Country Club on Sunday.
Murray State leads the 16-team field at 3-over par with Florida Gulf Coast in second place at 13-over. Oral Roberts stands in third place at 14-over par, while South Florida and Albany are tied for fourth place at 15-over par.
Murray State’s Linette Holmslykke shot an opening round 4-under 68 to hold a two-stroke lead entering round two. Holmslykke made five straight birdies to start her second nine holes while tying for the lowest individual first-round score in the 26-year history of the tournament.
Albany’s Caroline Juillat stands in second place at 2-under par, with Samford’s Madeline Davis and Oral Roberts’ Isabella Caamal in a tie for third place at 1-under par. Jacksonville State’s Paula Vega and Florida Gulf Coast’s Natalia Nassar are tied for fifth place at 1-over par.
“We got off to a bit of a slow start today and that really hurt us,” head coach Cathy Mant said. “I was proud of the fact that our team didn’t give up and put together some good holes in the middle of our round. We will look to get off to a better start on Monday and see if we can climb the leaderboard.”
Sophomore Chloe Howard added an 8-over par 80 and stands in a tie for 47th following the first round. Freshman Maria Blasco is tied for 53rd at 9-over par following an 81, while freshman Alejandra Ayala is tied for 88th at 23-over par following a 95.
Senior Jemima Gregson is competing as an individual this week and opened play with an 84 to sit in a tie for 71st at 12-over par.
Live scoring throughout the event can be found at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will be paired with Winthrop and Appalachian State for Round 2, teeing off Hole No. 10 at 10 a.m. The first tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State will open the Sun Belt Conference Championship April 15-17, at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.