What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team will host a field of 15 teams for the fourth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz., starting Friday.
* The field, which includes 11 teams that reached postseason play last spring, will play Mirabel Golf Club Friday-Sunday in a 54-hole event.
* Georgia State will be playing in Arizona for the fifth time in the last four years following an NCAA Regional appearance in Tucson in 2016.
ATLANTA – The Georgia State men’s golf team will open the fall season on Friday for the fourth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz. Despite being nearly 2,000 miles from Atlanta, the Panthers will serve as host for the event for a fourth-straight year.
The field of 15 teams will play Mirabel Golf Club, a private course on the north side of Scottsdale. The course will play to a par 70, 7,085 yards for the 54-hole event. The field includes six teams that reached the NCAA Championship last May and another five teams that qualified for NCAA Regional play.
This week will mark the first of two events the Panthers will host over the next five weeks, concluding with the Autotrader Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Oct. 14-15.
“We are excited to get the season underway,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We love making the trip out to Scottsdale and hosting some of the best teams in the country. “The Maui Jim Intercollegiate is quickly becoming one of the best tournaments in college golf because of the course, staff, volunteers, and sponsors who make it a special event for all of the players involved.”
The teams will be treated to a luau on Thursday night following the College-Am and practice rounds earlier in the day. Play begins on Friday morning with tee times off Holes No. 1 and 10 beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
The field includes Arizona, Arizona State, Augusta, Clemson, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia State, Illinois, Kent State, LSU, Minnesota, NC State, Pepperdine, Southern Cal, and Utah.
Georgia State’s line-up will include seniors Ashton Poole, Josh Edgar, and Egill Gunnarsson, along with sophomore David Li and freshman Will Chambless. Senior Severin Soller will compete as an individual in a separate 40-man tournament, the Mea Lanakila Individual, being held at Desert Forest Golf Club. Desert Forest hosted the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in 2017.
Last season Georgia Tech took the team title by just by two strokes over Arizona State, while Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer garnered low medalist honors.
LSU and Arizona State earned team titles in the first two years of the event.
Poole, a graduate transfer who competed at Virginia last year, will make his Panther debut after leading the Cavaliers to a second-place finish at the ACC Championship last year.
Li opened the 2018 Maui Jim Intercollegiate with a 3-under 67 and finished as the top Georgia State finisher last year at even par.
Edgar and Gunnarsson both return for their senior seasons looking to lead the Panthers to a ninth conference championship and 15th NCAA Regional appearance in the last 20 years.
Chambless rounds out the line-up as a freshman who comes to Georgia State after attending Stratford Academy.
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.