What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team shot an opening-round 12-over 300 to stand 10th following the first round of the second annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Carefree, Ariz.
* Junior Nick Budd led the Panthers with a 1-under 71 and stands tied for seventh.
* Georgia State is hosting the event in Arizona for a second-straight year. This year’s event is being played at Desert Forest Golf Club.


CAREFREE, Ariz. – Led by a 1-under 71 from junior Nick Budd, the Georgia State men’s golf team shot an opening around 12-over 300 to stand in 10th place following the first round of the second annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Desert Forest Golf Club.

Budd finished strong, making an eagle and a birdie over his final three holes to sit just three strokes off the lead with 36 holes to play.

Despite standing 10th, Georgia State is just 11 strokes out of second place in a field loaded with Top 50 teams.

“It wasn’t the start that we wanted, but there is a lot of golf to play,” Director of Golf Joe Inman said. “I am proud of the way our guys fought today, especially Nick Budd. He was 2-over with three holes to play and finished under par. That is determination and it is extremely important on a golf course like this one.”

Senior Max Herrmann stands tied for 34th following a 3-over par 75 that featured a pair of birdies.

Senior Alex Herrmann and freshman Peter Chung are tied for 44th after each shot opening-round 77s. Chung was making his collegiate debut and finished with four birdies.

Junior Nathan Williams rounded out the Georgia State line-up with a 10-over 82 and stands tied for 72nd.

Juniors James Kyles and Josh Edgar competed as individuals for the Panthers, each shooting 78 on Friday to stand tied for 51st.

Kent State leads the 13-team field following a 7-under 281 on Friday. Arizona State and Minnesota are tied for second at 1-over par, with Georgia Tech in fourth at 3-over par. Kansas rounds out the top five at 4-over par following a round of 292.

Kent State’s Gisli Sveinbergsson leads the 78-player field following a 4-under 68. Georgia Tech’s Noah Norton is in second place at 3-under par. A group of four are tied for third at 2-under par. That group includes Minnesota’s Riley Johnson, Arizona State’s Blake Wagoner and Kent State teammates Chris Doody and Bjarki Petursson.

Play will continue on Saturday morning with tee times off Holes No. 1 and No. 10 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Georgia State will go off Hole No. 10 beginning at 12:10 p.m. ET and be paired with Kent State and Kansas.

Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com. Fans can follow @GaStateGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the event.

Following this week’s tournament, the Panthers will return home to host the seventh annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club Oct. 15-17.