What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a first-round 11-over 299 to stand in 12th place at the Schenkel Invitational hosted by in-state foe Georgia Southern on Friday. 
* Three Panthers opened play with 2-over 74’s to stand in a tie for 33rd with 36 holes to play.
* Georgia State is playing in its second of five spring events leading up to the conference tournament.


STATESBORO, Ga. – Three Panthers shot 74 on Friday and Georgia State stands in 12th-place following the first round of the Schenkel Invitational hosted by in-state rival Georgia Southern at Forest Heights Country Club.

The Panthers opened play with an 11-over 299 but remain within 10 strokes of the top five teams.

Senior Severin Soller, junior Egill Gunnarsson, and sophomore Owen Sertl each shot rounds of 74 and stand in a tie for 33rd entering the second round on Saturday. Sertl led the Panthers with six birdies during the opening round.

“We limited our big mistakes on Friday, but we made a few too many bogeys to be near the top of the leaderboard,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “If we can clean up a few things over the weekend, I believe we can quickly climb back up the leaderboard.”

Junior Josh Edgar added a 5-over 77 for the Panthers to sit in a tie for 66th, while freshman David Li rounded out the line-up with a 7-over 79 to stand in a tie for 80th. Senior Nick Budd who is competing as an individual this week opened play with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 44th place.

College of Charleston and No. 50 Mississippi State opened play by each shooting a 5-under 283 on Friday to stand in a tie for first place entering the weekend. East Tennessee State stands in third place at 3-under par with Notre Dame in fourth place at even par. Kentucky rounds out the top five at 1-over par.

Mississippi State’s Peng Pichaikool, who is ranked No. 27 in the country, opened play with a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into round two. College of Charleston’s Logan Sowell sits in second-place at 4-under par. A trio of golfers including Minnesota’s Angus Flanagan, East Tennessee State’s Trevor Hulbert, and Mississippi State’s Ford Clegg are tied for third place at 3-under par.

Georgia State will be paired with Army and Lipscomb going off Hole No. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com.

Following this week’s event, Georgia State will return to the course for the Furman Intercollegiate at the Furman University Course in Greenville, S.C., March 22-24.