ATLANTA – Led by freshman Jonathan Grey’s 3-under two-round performance, the Georgia State men’s golf team stands tied for third entering Sunday’s final round of the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Grey stands tied for the lead with Indiana’s Michael M’Gee.

Grey, who opened play with rounds of 70 and 71 on Saturday, is looking for the third win of his freshman season. In seven collegiate tournaments, he has finished no worse than 19th as he makes a push for Palmer Cup and Freshman All-America honors.

Grey made 10 birdies on the day, including a stretch of three straight during the second round.

The Panthers shot a 3-over, 291 in the morning, before following with a 6-over, 294 in the afternoon and stand just eight strokes back of tournament leader Purdue.

“Our goal was to come down to Florida and win this tournament,” commented head coach Joe Inman. “We might not be leading going into the final round, but we are within striking distance and playing with the leaders. Eight strokes in college golf can change hands in a matter of one or two holes.

“Jonathan played extremely well today. He is showing why he is deserving of playing on the Palmer Cup this summer and I think has a really good chance at earning Freshman All-America honors if he continues at this pace.”

Following rounds of 71 and 75, junior Tyler Gruca stands tied for 16th. During his 1-under par morning round, Gruca made four birdies as he looks for his second straight top 25 finish and third of the year.

After a morning round even par 72, sophomore Davin White shot an afternoon 77 and stands tied for 24th with 18 holes to play.  Both rounds featured three birdies, but White stumbled with a 10 on the par 5 12th hole in the afternoon which derailed another good round.

Junior Grant Cagle shot a morning 78 and followed with an afternoon 73 that included five birdies to stand tied for 38th.

Junior Ross Mclister rounded out the Panthers line-up, shooting a morning round 83 before rebounding in the afternoon with a 75. Mclister stands tied for 78th.

Sophomore Damon Stephenson, competing as an individual, opened the day with a 78 but finished strong with an afternoon 72 to stand tied for 31st. His afternoon featured five birdies and a front nine 33.

Kevin Lee, also competing as an individual, shot rounds of 77 and 78 to stand tied for 60th. The junior made six birdies over the two rounds. 

Junior Victor Lavin also competed as an individual, shooting rounds of 81 and 79 on Saturday. He stands tied for 88th in the 116-player field with 18 holes to play.

Purdue finished the day at 1-over following rounds of 288 and 289 to hold a one-stroke lead over Indiana, which tied for Florida Atlantic for the lowest round of the day, a 2-under 286 in the second round. The Owls stands at 9-over par, tied with Georgia State. Virginia Tech rounds out the top five at 11-over par. 

Following M’Gee and Grey at the top of the leaderboard, Purdue’s Enzo Perez and Virginia Tech’s Trevor Cone stand tied for third at 2-under. Appalachian State’s Casey Komline rounds out the top five at 1-under par.

Following the event, Georgia State will conclude the three-tournament stretch at the Furman Intercollegiate, March 22-24 in Greenville, S.C.

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