Jonathan Grey Opens NCAA Regional Play Thursday
Grey, who was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and earned all-conference first team honors, gives the Panthers a representative in the NCAA Regionals for the first time since Tom Sherreard made an individual appearance in 2010. As a team, Georgia State has made it in 11 of the last 15 years.
Grey began his collegiate career in perfect fashion, winning his first two events; the Mason Rudolph Championship and Brickyard Collegiate, before picking up a third win at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular in the spring.
The Kent, England native earned 11 top 25 finishes in 12 events, compiling a 72.20 scoring average and a career-low 67 on three occasions. His scoring average is the sixth lowest in a single season in school history, while compiling 19 of 35 rounds at par or better this year.
“Jonathan has been working hard since conference ended and is looking forward to going to Baton Rouge to compete again some of the best collegiate golfers in the country,” commented head coach Joe Inman. “He understands how important this tournament his for his individual career and for his team as we put Georgia State golf back on the map.”
Grey also scored a runner-up finish at the Old Waverly Championship and was fourth at the Sun Belt Conference Championship, earning all-tournament team honors.
The only other Panthers to win three events in a career are Joel Sjoholm and Mark Haastrup, both who are now playing professionally. Sjoholm was the first-ever First Team All-American in any sport in Panther history.
Grey will be paired with the top player from Houston Baptist and the No. 2 individual in the field, Tomasz Anderson of Jacksonville State.
The best individual finish by a Panther came in the 2008 NCAA Regional when Joel Sjoholm, a senior at the time, finished fifth. That finish was good enough to send him to the NCAA Championship that year where he finished tied for 13th and earned First Team All-America honors.
For Grey to advance out of the NCAA Regionals, he must finish at the top golfer whose team does not advance to the NCAA Championship. Five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championship which begins May 28. Among the teams in Baton Rouge are Alabama, Florida and LSU.
NCAA REGIONAL FIELD
SCHOOL (SEEDED IN ORDER)
1. Alabama (SEC)
4. Mississippi State
5. Houston (Conference USA)
8. South Alabama
9. Coastal Carolina (Big South)
11. Wichita State (Missouri Valley)
12. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland)
13. Houston Baptist
1. Jonathan Grey, Georgia State
2. Tomasz Anderson, Jacksonville State
3. Alex Ellis, College of Charleston
4. Kamito Hirai, Winthrop
5. Blake Morris, Ole Miss
6. Sam Bernstein, Yale
7. Josh Lorenzetti, College of Charleston
8. Josh Waters, LIU Brooklyn
9. Steve Burak, Fairfield
10. Chris House, Navy