What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a second-round 11-over 295 and stands in 11th place entering the final round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
* Junior Nathan Williams made his first career hole-in-one with an ace on the Par 3 130-yard 12th hole.
* Senior Max Herrmann led the Panthers on Monday with an even-par 71 that included four birdies.
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Led by Nathan Williams’ his first career hole-in-one, the Georgia State men’s golf team shot a second round 295 and stands in 11th place entering the final round of the Sun Belt Championship at The Raven Golf Club.
Williams shot a 2-over 73 and now stands at 10-over par tied for 33rd with one round to play. His ace came on the Par 3 130-yard 12th hole.
The Panthers improved by 10 strokes and now sit at 32-over par entering the final round on Tuesday. Needing to finish among the top four to qualify for the match play portion of the championship, the Panthers are 12 strokes out of the top four with 18 holes to play.
To put it in comparison, the Panthers were eight strokes out of the top four with nine holes to play last year and ended up winning the championship.
“We had a couple of holes that really hurt us today,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “However, the windy conditions today kept all of the teams pretty close to each other. We have a lot of work to do on Tuesday, but we still have a chance. It will take a special round of golf, but it can happen.”
Senior Max Herrmann rebounded from a tough opening round to shoot an even-par 71 by making four birdies and is tied for 39th.
Sophomore Josh Edgar rounded out the line-up with a 77 and stands in 59th-place at 18-over par with 18 holes to play.
Coastal Carolina was the lone team to break par on Monday shooting a 9-under 275 and holds a 17-stroke lead at 1-over par entering the final round. Georgia Southern is in second-place at 18-over par with Texas State in third at 19-over par. UT Arlington is in fourth place at 20-over par with UL Monroe rounding out the top five at 21-over par.
The Chanticleers were led by Morgan Deneen’s 8-under 63 as he moved into the lead at 6-under par with one round to play. UL Monroe’s Joao Girao and Texas State’s Alvaro Carol Estrems are tied for second-place at 3-under par. Appalachian State’s Tripp Summerlin is in fourth-place at 2-under par with Arkansas State’s Tanner Napier and Georgia Southern’s Jake Storey rounding out the top five at 1-under par.
The 12-team field will continue stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The top four teams will then qualify for match play with No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 scheduled for Wednesday morning. The winners will advance to the championship match on Wednesday afternoon.
Since 1998, Georgia State has finished in the top three in the conference tournament all but three times with eight titles and eight second-place finishes.
In the two years with a match play format, the Panthers have compiled a 3-1 record and a 13.5-6.5 individual match record during that stretch.
Georgia State will be paired with Arkansas State and Little Rock, teeing off at 8:30 a.m. ET on Hole No. 10 on Tuesday. Live scoring of the event will be available at GolfStat.com while live video can be found on the Sun Belt Conference’s YouTube page.
With a conference championship win, Georgia State will automatically earn a spot in NCAA Regional play which will be played May 14-16 at six national sites. The NCAA championship is scheduled for May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.