West Point, Miss. – Georgia State’s Jonathan Grey nearly overcame a five-stroke deficit at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship on Tuesday, finishing second at 5-under by one stroke as the Panthers finished tied for sixth.  Grey, who has won three times this year, shot a final round 4-under 68.

The Panthers rebounded from a tough second round to shoot a 5-over 293 in the final round and finish the 54-hole event at 25-over, tied with Southern Miss and just one stroke outside of the top five.

A fourth win would have put Grey alone at the top of an elite group of Georgia State golfers with the most wins in program history. Remarkably, this was just the tenth collegiate tournament of Grey’s career.  He will go into the Sun Belt Conference Championship in just over a week as one of the favorites and looking to secure Freshman All-America honors.

He has finished in the top 20 in nine of his ten tournaments this year, including five top 10 finishes which ranks tied for the tenth most in a single season in program history. His four top five finishes rank tied for fifth and has not been done in nine years.

“I was pleased to see us bounce back today,” commented head coach Joe Inman. “We have some work to do between now and the conference championship, but I like the fact that we gave ourselves some momentum today.

“Jonathan played just another superb round of golf. He made four birdies and did not have a single blemish on his scorecard. He is a very special player and proved it today.”

Junior Tyler Gruca birdied two of his final four holes to shoot even par and finish the event 7-over and tied for 25th, his fourth straight top 25 finish.

Junior Grant Cagle birdied his first hole en route to a final round 75 that left him at 13-over and tied for 44th.

Sophomore Davin White got off to a good start, going out in 36, but struggled on the back nine, shooting 42 to shoot 78. It left him at 14-over for the tournament and tied for 52nd.

Sophomore Damon Stephenson birdied two of his final four holes to shoot a final round 79 and finish at 15-over and tied for 56th.

No. 28 Mississippi State shot a final round 292 and defeated UAB in a one-hole playoff after the two schools tied at 3-over for the event. No. 48 South Alabama finished in third at 12-over following a final round 294. SE Louisiana finished fourth at 16-over, followed by Cincinnati in fifth at 24-over.

Cincinnati’s Emerson Newsome won the event, shooting an even par 72 on Tuesday to finish at 6-under, one stroke ahead of Grey and the UAB duo of Thomas Sutton ad Wilson McDonald. SE Louisiana’s Rhys West finished alone in fifth at 3-under following his third straight round of 71.

Georgia State will start preparations for its inaugural Sun Belt Conference Championship in Muscle Shoals, Ala., April 22-24. A conference championship victory would automatically send the Panthers back to the NCAA Regionals.

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