What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State tied for the third-lowest round of the day, a 1-under 287, to move into a tie for fifth at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner on Monday.
* Senior Alex Herrmann led the Panthers with a 4-under 68 on Monday to move into a tie for ninth at 2-under par.
* Junior Nick Budd enters the final round at even par following a second round 73.

OPELIKA, Ala. – Tying for the third-lowest team score of the day, Georgia State moved into a tie for fifth on Monday at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner at Grand National Golf Club.

Georgia State shot a 1-under 287, just four strokes behind No. 9 Auburn’s 4-under performance, to climb two spots up the leaderboard with one round to play. The Panthers will enter Tuesday’s final round at 7-over par tied with Southern Miss and just five strokes out of second-place.

The Panthers were led by senior Alex Herrmann’s 4-under 68 on Monday which propelled him into a tie for ninth at 2-under par. Herrmann made five birdies and an eagle on the par 5 4th Hole to jump 21 spots up the leaderboard.

“Every round this spring I feel like we have gotten better and today was no exception,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “Alex put together a really nice round for us and Josh rebounded extremely well after a tough day on the greens yesterday. We have put ourselves in a great position for the type of finish we wanted coming into this week.”

Sophomore Josh Edgar, who struggled on Sunday, bounced back with an even-par 72 and is now tied for 78th at 11-over par.

Junior Nick Budd shot a 1-over 73 on Monday and is tied for 17th at even par, while junior Severin Soller added a 74 and is tied for 40th at 4-over par. Junior Nathan Williams rounded out the line-up with a 4-over 76 and is tied for 70th entering the final round.

Georgia State is making a fourth-straight appearance in the event hosted by Auburn. The Panthers have earned top-five finishes in each of the last three years.

No. 9 Auburn leads the field of 17 teams at 12-under par following a 5-under 283 on Monday. Maryland and Mississippi State are tied for second-place at 2-over par. Kennesaw State is in fourth at 6-over par, with the Panthers and Southern Miss rounding out the top five at 7-over par.

Maryland’s David Kocher shot a 3-under 69 on Monday to take over the lead at 8-under par. Auburn’s Wells Padgett is in second-place at 6-under par, with teammate Jovan Rebula in and Mississippi State’s Taylor Grant in third at 5-under par. Charlotte’s Conor Purcell along with Auburn teammates Ben Schlottman and Ryan Knop are tied for eighth at 4-under par.

Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will be paired with Kennesaw State and Southern Miss for the final round on Tuesday. The groups will go off beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET off Hole No. 1.

Following this week’s event, Georgia State will return to the course for the Schenkel Invitational hosted by Georgia Southern March 16-18 at Forest Heights Golf Club.