At Georgia State
Earned a walk-on spot before his freshman year which led to playing in 45 straight tournaments, a total of 131 rounds, the third most in school history . . . Finished career with a a 74.54 career scoring average, compiling 39 rounds of par or better, tied for the seventh most in program history . . . During four year career, had 13 top-20 finishes, including five top fives and second-place finishes at the 2012 Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate and 2013 AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, along with a third place finish at the 2014 NCAA San Antonio Regional.
Competed in all 13 tournaments earning five top-25 finishes, including a third place finish at the NCAA San Antonio Regional and a second place finish GSU hosted AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic . . . Shot 73-66-71 in San Antonio with his 66 tying for the lowest round in school history in postseason play . . . His third place finish in NCAA Regional play was the best individual finish of any Panther in postseason program history . . . Tied for 89th in the NCAA Championship, opening play with a 1-under 69 before shooting rounds of 73 and 76 . . . In the Panthers home event, shot a second-round 65, tied for the eighth lowest round in school history as the Panthers won the tournament for the first time . . . Tied for 19th at the Sun Belt Championship, opening play with a 72 . . . Opened the spring with a tie for 20th at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate . . . Opened the Schenkel Invitational with rounds of 72 and 68 to finish tie for 22nd . . . Shot a second round 69 at the Furman Intercollegiate to help the Panthers to a team victory . . . Compiled a 73.84 scoring average, fourth best on the team, compiling 15 rounds of par or better . . . Finished season ranked No. 319 in the country by Golfweek.
Played in all 12 tournaments, extending his streak to 32 straight tournaments played since walking on as a freshman . . . Named a GCAA All-America Scholar . . . Recorded six straight top-25 performances to end the year, including a pair of top-10 performances in his last two tournaments . . . Finished a season-best tied for ninth at the Sun Belt Conference Championship . . . Placed 10th in the Jaguar Shootout to conclude the regular season . . . Tied for 13th at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, opening with a 71 . . . Tied for 21st at the Furman Intercollegiate, opening with a 71 . . . Finished tied for 22nd at the GSU-hosted AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, helping the Panthers to a second-place finish . . . Shot a season-low 70 in the second round at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate to end the fall season. . . His 74.94 scoring average was third on the team . . . Earned Athletic Director’s Honor roll following the fall semester and Sun Belt honors in the spring.
Named to the All-CAA First Team . . . Earned 2012 CAA Championship All-Tournament honors . . . Only Panther to play in every event, which he accomplished for the second year in a row . . . Finished second on team with a 74.17 scoring average . . . Finished second at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, helping GSU to victory . . . Led the Panthers in the fall, putting together back-to-back career-best tournaments that led to a pair of CAA Golfer-of-the-Week honors . . . Opened the season with a first-round 71 at the Mason Rudolph Championship . . . Tied for 15th at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate, including a second round 72 . . . Led the Panthers with a tie for seventh at the GSU hosted AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, shooting 72-72-71 and earning CAA honors . . . In the final event of the fall, tied for fifth at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate, shooting a pair of 72s . . . Finished the fall with five straight rounds of par or better . . . Finished the fall as the top ranked CAA golfer according to GolfStat.
As a walk-on, only player to qualify for all 11 tournaments, finishing as the top Panther four times . . . Scored a then career-best finish, 10th, at the Yellow Jacket Classic, shooting rounds of 76 and 73 . . . Concluded the season with a tie for 16th at the CAA Championship, shooting 78-74-75 . . . Finished tied for 29th at both the SunTrust Gator Invitational and Seminole Intercollegiate . . . Shot three straight rounds of 73 at the SunTrust Gator Invitational . . . Tied a career-low with a 69 in the final round of the Seminole Intercollegiate . . . Opened the year by leading the team at the Mason Rudolph Championship, finishing tied for 41st, shooting rounds of 72 and 71 over the final two rounds . . . Scored State’s best round of the Wolfpack Invitational, a second round 69, finishing tied for 53rd . . . Finished tied for 40th at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, leading the Panthers with a second-round 70 . . . Finished as the second-low Panther at the U.S. Collegiate, shooting a final-round 73 . . . Finished year with lowest scoring average on the team, 75.38.
A standout for Peter Vajda at Milton High School, helping lead the Eagles to a region championship in 2010 and a third-place finish at the state championship . . . Named to the Georgia/South Carolina Cup All-Tournament Team . . . Earned all-region honors following both his junior and senior seasons, finishing in second place in the region as an individual during his senior year.
Finished tied for 16th at the 2013 Georgia State Amateur, shooting 74-76-74-70 . . . Earned a 17th-place finish at the 2013 Cardinal Am, shooting a final-round 68 . . . Tied for 10th at the U.S. Amatuer qualifier in Denver, N.C., shooting 71-72 in the 36-hole event . . . Scored five top-10 finishes on the Southeastern Junior Tour, as well as a pair of top-five finishes . . . Finished 13th at the 2009 SJGT Tour Championship in Prattville, Ala.
Tyler Gruca is one of four children to Joe and Susie Gruca...Born on June 28, 1992, in Buffalo, N.Y. . . . Has two younger sisters, Lindsay and Chloe, and a younger brother, Jack . . . Majored in managerial science.