What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will make its third trip out west this year facing a tough field at the Bandon Dunes Championship beginning on Sunday.
* The 16-team field features eight teams ranked in the top 100 of the latest GolfStat rankings.
* The Panthers are coming off a top five finish at Auburn last weekend in what was the first of three tournaments in March.


ATLANTA – Making a third trip out west this season, Georgia State will open the eighth annual Bandon Dunes Championship on Sunday in Bandon, Ore. The 54-hole, three-day event hosted by Gonzaga will feature 16 of the best teams from throughout the country.

Georgia State has already traveled to Hawai’i and Arizona this season, and will now travel to the northwest portion of the United States for the first time in program history. Half of the field that will play the Old Macdonald Course is currently ranked in the top 100 of the latest Golfstat rankings.

“This is going to be a great trip for the team to a part of the country most have never been before,” head coach Joe Inman said. “We are continuing to get better as we strive to be playing our best golf moving into April. This will be a good test for us against a bunch of teams we have not competed against this year.”

The field will include host Auburn, Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Denver, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Seattle, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah Valley and Washington State.

The Panthers are coming off a top five finish at Auburn last week as sophomore Nathan Williams finished with a tie for 16th, his best-ever finish in a full-field event.

Williams will once again return to the line-up which will also feature senior Nathan Mallonee, juniors Alex Herrmann and Max Herrmann, along with sophomore Nick Budd. Freshman Josh Edgar will compete as an individual for the Panthers.

Alex Herrmann and Budd have each earned individual wins this year. Herrmann leads the team with a 71.43 scoring average, while Mallonee sits second at 72.00 and four top 25 finishes.

Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at BirdieFire.com. The Panthers will play a practice round on Saturday morning before the tournament gets underway. The first round begins on Sunday, with the second and third rounds coming on Monday and Tuesday.

Clemson won last year’s event played on the Bandon Trails course. The event has also been won by Duke, Missouri, Washington and Notre Dame among others over the years.

Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course March 26-28 for the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C., at Bulls Bay Golf Club.