What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot rounds of 286 and 290 to stand in a tie for fifth following the first day of the 3M Augusta Invitational.
* Senior Max Herrmann and junior Nick Budd are tied for fourth-place at 3-under par entering the final round.
* The Panthers enter the final round tied with No. 38 South Carolina and just four strokes behind No. 28 Wake Forest.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – With a pair of golfers in the top five, the Georgia State men’s golf team stands in a tie for fifth following two rounds of the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club.
Playing in one of the tougher fields in golf, Georgia State shot rounds of 286 and 290 on the first day of the event and are at even par entering the final round.
“We had a good first day and played some solid golf,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We lost a few strokes coming down the stretch, but I think that is just because we were tired. This was our first 36-hole day of the spring. I’m really proud of Egill who stepped up big for us despite never seeing the course before. We needed that.”
Sophomore Egill Gunnarsson traveled to Augusta late Friday to replace Alex Herrmann who is nursing an injury and was not able to play. Gunnarsson shot rounds of 73 and 74 to stand tied for 41st at 3-over par after day one.
Gunnarsson is tied with junior Severin Soller who shot 74-73 including an eagle in the second round. Junior Nathan Williams rounds out the line-up tied for 70th at 11-over par following rounds of 80 and 75.
No. 13 Illinois leads the field at 12-under par following rounds of 280 and 284. Tennessee is in second-place at 6-under par with No. 28 Wake Forest in third at 4-under par. Houston is in fourth-place at 2-under par while Georgia State and No. 38 South Carolina are tied for fifth at even par. The Panthers are also ahead of No. 21 UCLA and No. 40 Marquette.
Illinois Dylan Meyer leads the field at 8-under par after 36 holes. Tennessee’s Lorenzo Scalise is in second-place at 6-under par while teammate Rhye Nevin-Wharton is in third at 4-under par. A group of six golfers including Budd and Herrmann are tied for fourth at 3-under par.
Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at GolfStat. The final round is scheduled for Sunday with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. off Holes Nos. 1 and 10. The Panthers will be paired with Houston and South Carolina beginning off Hole No. 1 at 9:20 a.m.
Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course April 22-25 for the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Miramar Beach, Fla., looking to win a second-straight and ninth-conference championship in program history.