What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a 5-over 285 on Friday to sit in 15th place at the fourth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz.
* Senior newcomer Ashton Poole fired a 1-under par 69 to sit in a tie for 30th place with 36 holes to play.
* Freshman Will Chambless added a 1-over 71 for the Panthers in his first collegiate action.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Led by a 1-under 69 from senior transfer Ashton Poole, host Georgia State shot an opening-round 5-over 285 in the first round of the fourth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club on Friday.
Poole made three birdies on his first six holes en route to the 1-under round to stand in a tie for 30th place with 36 holes to play this weekend.
The Panthers stand in 15th place, but only 10 strokes out of eighth in one of the most elite fields in all of college golf. The field includes six teams that reached the NCAA Championship last May and another five teams that qualified for NCAA Regional play.
Arizona State leads the 15-team field at 18-under par, with Clemson just three strokes back at 15-under par. Arizona is in third-place at 12-under par, while Kent State and Illinois are tied for fourth at 11-under par.
Illinois’ Jerry Ji and Kent State’s Josh Gilkison are tied for the individual lead at 7-under par following opening rounds of 63. Arizona’s Briggs Duce, Arizona State’s Cameron Sisk, and Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman are tied for third-place at 6-under par.
“We really just didn’t make enough putts today,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “There were plenty of birdies to be made on the course today, but unfortunately we made too many bogeys. The good thing I saw was that the guys kept grinding and finished strong. Hopefully, we can take that momentum into the second round on Saturday.”
Freshman Will Chambless stands in a tie for 49th following a first-round 1-over 71, while sophomore David Li is tied for 57th at 2-over par following a 72. Senior Josh Edgar made a pair of eagles on Friday to shoot a 3-over 73 and sit tied for 64th, while fellow senior Egill Gunnarsson is tied for 68th at 4-over following a 74.
Competing as an individual in the Mea Lanakila Individual at Desert Forest Golf Club, senior Severin Soller shot a 7-over 79 to stand in a tie for 29th place.
Georgia State will once again be paired with Augusta and Minnesota on Saturday teeing off Hole No. 10 beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com. Fans can follow @GaStateGolf on Twitter for updates during the event.
Following this week’s tournament, the Panthers will return to the course Oct. 6-8, for the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills Golf Club in Hartford, Wisc. The course recently hosted the 2017 U.S. Open won by Brooks Koepka.