What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State opened the Bandon Dunes Championship with a 2-under 286 to sit tied for fifth with two rounds to play.
* Three Panthers opened play with rounds of 71 to stand tied for 18th.
* The 16-team field includes five top 25 teams ranked in the latest Golfstat standings.


BANDON, Ore. – Georgia State opened the eighth annual Bandon Dunes Championship with a 2-under 286 to sit in a tie for fifth-place following the first round on the Old Macdonald Course.

Three Panthers: Max Herrmann, Nick Budd and Nathan Williams, opened play with rounds of 71, to sit in a tie for 18th.

“We got off to a little bit of a slow start today, but we finished extremely well and made a bunch of birdies down the stretch,” head coach Joe Inman said. “I’m really proud of the way Max played. He has been struggling as of late, but has been working hard. That hard work paid off today with a really nice round.”

Herrmann made six birdies during the opening round, while Budd and Williams each added four.

Senior Nathan Mallonee added a 1-over 73 and sits tied for 37th with two rounds to play. Junior Alex Herrmann rounded out the line-up with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 55th.

Freshman Josh Edgar, competing as an individual, also shot a 3-over 75 to sit tied with Herrmann.

No. 8 Oregon leads the field by eight strokes following a 13-under 275. No. 21 Colorado and No. 11 Texas Tech are tied for second at 5-under par, with No. 23 Auburn in fourth at 4-under par. Georgia State is tied with No. 12 Texas A&M and Oregon State at 2-under par.

Texas Tech’s Hannes Ronneblad has the first round individual lead after shooting a 7-under 65 on Sunday. Oregon’s Wyndham Clark is second at 6-under par, followed by Denver’s Petter Mikalsen in third at 5-under par. Texas A&M’s Cameron Champ and Washington State’s Derek Bayley are tied for fourth at 4-under par.

Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at BirdieFire.com. The second round is set for Monday with an 11:30 a.m. ET shotgun start.

Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course March 26-28 for the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C., at Bulls Bay Golf Club.