What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a pair of under par rounds on Saturday to sit in eighth of a strong 15-team field at the 3M Augusta Invitational.
* Junior Max Herrmann shot back-to-back rounds of 70 to stand at 4-under par and tied for 11th.
* Georgia State will conclude the regular season on Sunday being paired with Georgia and Oklahoma for the final round beginning at 8:30 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – With a pair of golfers in the top 20, Georgia State stands in eighth place following 36 holes of the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club. Junior Max Herrmann is leading the Panthers after back-to-back rounds of 70 on Saturday.
Playing its second tough tournament in less than a week, Georgia State shot rounds of 284 and 287 on Saturday to stand in the middle of a field at includes six teams ranked in the Top 50, including four Top 25 teams in the latest GolfStat rankings.
Herrmann, who has back-to-back Top 12 finishes, made 11 birdies in 36 holes on Saturday to sit at 4-under par and tied for 11th with 18 holes to play on Sunday.
“We are facing our second really tough field in less than a week and I think we are showing we belong,” head coach Joe Inman said. “We didn’t play our best golf today, but our players are starting to believe what we could be capable of come May. Now we need to go out and finish strong tomorrow and see if we can move into the top five.”
Sophomore Nick Budd shot rounds of 71 and 70 on Saturday to stand at 3-under par and tied for 18th.
Junior Alex Herrmann added back-to-back rounds of 73 and is 2-over par, tied for 46th. Senior Nathan Mallonee and sophomore Nathan Williams are tied for 62nd. Mallonee opened with a 2-under 70, but struggled in the afternoon and shot 79. Williams shot 75 and followed it with an afternoon 74 to sit at 5-over par.
Freshman Josh Edgar, competing as an individual, shot rounds of 76 and 74 and is tied for 66th at 6-over par.
No. 11 Illinois and New Mexico are tied for the team lead at 19-under par. The Lobos shot the round of the day, an afternoon 14-under par 274, to move up from fifth. UCF stands third at 17-under par, with No. 10 Wake Forest in fourth at 14-under. No. 48 Houston rounds out the top five at 11-under par.
Georgia State is just five strokes behind No. 50 Augusta and No. 14 Oklahoma which are tied for sixth at 10-under par. The Panthers are one stroke ahead of No. 20 Georgia, as well as the likes of Virginia Tech and Tennessee.
Illinois’ Dylan Meyer, ranked No. 16 in the country, leads the field at 11-under par following round of 67 and 66. Houston’s Michael Perras is second at 8-under par, with New Mexico’s Andrej Bevins and UCF’s Bobby Bai tied for third at 7-under par. A group of four golfers are tied for fifth at 6-under par.
Live scoring of the final round can be found at GolfStat.com. Georgia State will be paired with Georgia and Oklahoma beginning at 8:30 a.m., on Sunday off Hole No. 1.
Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course April 23-25 for the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Destin, Fla., looking to win the eighth-conference championship in program history.