What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will host the eighth annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic starting with a practice round on Sunday.
* A group of 12 teams from throughout the country will compete at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga., in a 54-hole event on Monday and Tuesday.
* The tournament is open and free to the public. Fans can also follow along with
ATLANTA – The eighth annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic hosted by Georgia State will get underway Sunday at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga. The 54-hole event will bring together some of the top teams in the southeast at one of the premier courses in metro Atlanta.
Atlanta-based Autotrader, created in 1997, lent its name to the tournament from day one. Autotrader is the Internet's ultimate automotive marketplace and consumer information website. Together with their leadership, Georgia State will welcome 11 additional teams and a total of 75 players to Berkeley Hills beginning Sunday.
Following a practice round on Sunday morning and a College-Am benefiting the tournament in the afternoon, teams will play 36 holes on Monday followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The format will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Monday, with tee times starting at 8 a.m. off the first and tenth tees on Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public.
“With the way the schedule fell this year, this will be our last event of the fall and our guys want to play their best to give us some momentum heading into the spring,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We have been so fortunate to have Autotrader as a partner with us since the inception of this tournament. We could not put on such a successful event without their support and the great support of all our sponsors.”
The group of 12 teams includes host Georgia State, Boston College, Chattanooga, Davidson, Francis Marion, Georgia Southern, James Madison, Loyola (Md.), UNC Greensboro, Richmond, Samford, Tennessee Tech, and Western Kentucky.
Last year, Georgia Southern swept both team and individual honors, earning a 24-stroke win over Georgia State which finished in second. Steven Fisk shot rounds of 66, 66 and 65 to score a 12-stroke win over Notre Dame’s Miguel Delgado.
Georgia State is coming off a 12th-place finish at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate earlier this month. The Panthers last won their home event in 2013 when a pair of Panthers (Tyler Gruca and Nathan Mallonee) finished among the top six.
Georgia State’s line-up will feature senior James Kyles, juniors Josh Edgar and Egill Gunnarsson, along with freshmen David Li and Frederick Hedmark. Nick Budd, Nathan Williams, Severin Soller, Connor McKinnon, and Owen Sertl will compete as individuals for the Panthers.
Li leads the Panthers with a 72.60 scoring average in five rounds this year, while Hedmark is second on the team with a 72.67 average.
Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com.
Following this week’s event, Georgia State will return to the course in the spring beginning with the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn at Grand National Golf Club Feb. 24-26.