What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 304 to stand in 12th place following the first round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
* Junior Alex Herrmann led the Panthers with an even par 72 and is tied for 11th at the University Club.
* Georgia State needs to finish among the top five teams to advance to its sixth NCAA Championship since 2000.
BATON ROUGE – Led by an even par 72 from junior Alex Herrmann, Georgia State shot an opening round 304 to sit in 12th place following the first round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at the University Club.
Herrmann stands tied for 11th after making four birdies and four bogeys during the opening round.
The Panthers will need to finish among the top five teams to advance to the NCAA Championship for a sixth time since 2000. After 18 holes, that number stands at 4-over par, leaving the Panthers 12 strokes back with 36 holes to play.
“I thought we had some nice moments and some tough moments today,” head coach Joe Inman said. “We were really just one score away from being in great shape, but that didn't happen and so we have some work to do the next two days. However, our guys have shown they are capable of putting up really good scores on tough courses so hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”
Sophomore Nick Budd shot a 2-over 74 and appeared to have a great round in the books before a triple bogey on his 18th hole of the day. Prior to that, he had made 16 pars and one birdie. He sits tied for 22nd entering Tuesday's second round.
After standing 4-over after four holes, junior Max Herrmann fought back to finish at 5-over and tied for 48th following a 77.
Host LSU, ranked No. 6 in the country, leads the 14-team field at 12-under par. No. 18 Virginia is in second place at 6-under par, with No. 7 Oregon in third at 1-under par. No. 19 Duke is fourth at 3-over par, with No. 43 Kentucky rounding out the top five at 4-over par.
LSU's Sam Burns, ranked No. 2 in the country, began play with a 7-under 65 to lead by two strokes after 18 holes. Virginia's Danny Walker is in second place at 5-under par, with Kentucky's Cooper Musselman, Oregon's Edwin Yi and LSU's Eric Richard tied for third at 4-under par.
Live scoring of the entire 54-hole tournament will be available at Golfstat.com and on the Golfstat mobile app.
Georgia State will be paired with South Florida and Iowa on Tuesday teeing off on Hole No. 10 beginning at 9:55 a.m. ET.
If Georgia State finishes among the top five teams, the Panthers will advance to the NCAA Championship May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill., at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club.