Greensboro, N.C. - Following a tough first round at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, Georgia State rebounded in the second to move up to 11th place entering Sunday's final round of play. After an opening round 304, the Panthers shot an afternoon 3-over 291 as a pair of GSU golfers broke par.
"I was disappointed with the way we played in the morning, but very happy with the way we responded in the afternoon," commented head coach Joe Inman. "We made too many mistakes in the morning and you just can't do that. If we finish tomorrow the way we played this afternoon, we should move up several more spots on the leaderboard."
The perfect example of the Panthers morning struggles came from freshman Jonathan Grey. The Kent, England native was 4-under through 11 holes, before a triple bogey at the first, followed by a pair of bogeys led Grey to an opening round 73. He followed in afternoon with a 75.
Following an opening round 77 that included two double bogeys, White rebounded nicely with a second round 1-under, 71 that included three birdies.
Junior Tyler Gruca had the Panthers best round of the day, shooting a second round 2-under, 70 that included four birdies. Gruca opened with a 79 and stands tied for 35th at 5-over.
Sophomore Damon Stephenson, coming off a fifth place finish just two weeks ago, shot a pair of 75's and stands tied for 41st. Stephenson finished the day with five birdies and is 6-over par.
Junior Grant Cagle rebounded from an opening round 79 to fire a second-round 75 and stands tied for 52nd. Cagle is 10-over thru 36 holes.
Junior Ross Mclister, competing as an individual, stands alone in 63rd following rounds of 80 and 77. Mclister's first round feature an eagle-three at the par five 18th. Mclister is 13-over par with 18 holes to play.
No. 50 Chattanooga leads No. 47 Mississippi State by one stroke entering Sunday's final round. The Mocs are 5-under after rounds of 289 and 282 to stand at 5-under, with the Bulldogs at 4-under. Iowa State stands third at 2-under, while No. 28 Ole Miss is in fourth at 8-over. No. 42 Virginia Tech and NC State are tied for fifth at 10-over.
Mississippi State's Axel Boasson leads the field at 8-under following a second round 67. Chattanooga's Chris Robb stands second at 6-under, followed by Ole Miss' Blake Morris in third at 4-under. Maryland's Sean Bosdosh and Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent are tied for fourth at 3-under par.
The final 18 holes are set for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Panthers will be paired with VCU and Boston College.
Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com.
Following this weekend's tournament, the Panthers will head into the off-season until returning to the course for the SeaBest Seafood Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass the first week of February.