What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening-round 9-over 297 to sit in 12th place following day one of the 42nd annual FIU Pat Bradley Classic at Lakewood Ranch Golf Club.
* Junior Chloe Howard led the Panthers with a 1-under 71 that included six birdies.
* Georgia State made 18 birdies in the opening round, the most of any team in the field.


LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Led by a 1-under 71 from junior Chloe Howard, the Georgia State women’s golf team shot an opening-round 9-over 297 to stand in 12th place following the first day of the 42nd annual FIU Pat Bradley Classic at Lakewood Ranch Golf Club.

Howard made six birdies on Sunday, including her first three holes, to stand in a tie for 16th place with 36 holes to play.

The Panthers made 18 birdies on day one, the most of any team in the field and are just a stroke outside of the top 10.

“I’m really proud of the way the ladies thought their way around the course today,” head coach Jessica Steward said. “We let some opportunities escape us, but they didn’t let anything get to them and truly kept fighting. We could have hit the ball better, but we still managed to make an incredible 18 birdies. I’m hopeful that our scores will improve throughout the next couple of rounds.

“Chloe keeps making great strides. She didn’t really feel like herself on the course at the start of the year, but she’s gaining a lot of confidence back with every round and I know under par will be so common for her in the future.”

Junior Petra Duran and freshman Jenny Marston each shot a 75 and are tied for 43rd at 3-over par after the first day. Sophomores Emma Berlin and Maria Blasco each shot 4-over par rounds of 76 and are tied for 56th entering Monday.

South Alabama shot an opening-round 5-under par 283 to take a two-stroke lead into round two. Florida Atlantic and Cincinnati are tied for second-place at 3-under par, with Stetson in fourth-place at 2-under par. Host FIU and Florida Gulf Coast are tied for fifth-place at 1-under par.

Florida’s Lauren Waidner leads the field at 5-under par following a 67 on Sunday. Stetson’s Justine Lauer, Florida Atlantic’s Justine Fournand, Cincinnati’s Alyssa Burritt, South Alabama’s Julie Hovland, and UTRGV’s Tilda Green are tied for second-place at 4-under par.

Live scoring of all three rounds can be found at BirdieFire.com. Fans can follow the team on twitter @GSU_WGolf.

The 17-team field will continue play on Monday with teams utilizing tee times off Holes No. 1 and 10 starting at 8 a.m.

Following this week’s tournament, Georgia State closes out the fall season Nov. 4-5, at the Idle Hour Collegiate Championship in Macon, Ga.