What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team will host a field of 13 teams for the second annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Carefree, Ariz., starting Friday.
* The field, which includes the top teams from around the country, will play Desert Forest Golf Club Friday-Sunday in a 54-hole event.
* Georgia State is coming off a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and second Sun Belt Conference championship in the last four years.
ATLANTA – The Georgia State men’s golf team will open the season at the second annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Carefree, Ariz., beginning on Friday. For the second-straight year, the Panthers will serve as the host for the event that hosts some of the top teams in the country.
Georgia State was supposed to get the season underway just over a week ago at The Invitational at The Ocean Course, but the event had to be postponed until November due to Hurricane Irma.
The field of 13 teams will play Desert Forest Golf Club, a private course on the north side of Scottsdale. The course will play to a par 72, 7,203 yards for the 54-hole event.
Georgia State enters the season coming off a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance after winning a second Sun Belt Conference championship in the last four years. The Panthers return four starters from that NCAA Baton Rouge Regional team and will look to advance to the NCAA Championship next May for the sixth time in school history.
“We are excited to finally get our season underway,” Director of Golf Joe Inman said. “Our guys have had almost a month of practice and are ready to get on the course and compete.
“We are excited to once again be playing a role in this great event in Arizona. David Engram and the folks at Maui Jim helped put on an elite event last year that is only going to grow and become even better.”
The teams will be treated to a luau on Thursday night following the practice round and college-am. Tee times will begin on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET.
The field includes Arizona State, Augusta, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Hawai’i, Kansas, Kent State, Lipscomb, LSU, Minnesota,
Georgia State’s line-up will include seniors Alex Herrmann and Max Herrmann, along with juniors Nick Budd and Nathan Williams and freshman Peter Chung. Junior James Kyles and sophomore Josh Edgar will compete as individuals for the Panthers.
Teams will begin play on Friday morning with tee times off Holes No. 1 and No. 10 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Georgia State will go off Hole No. 1 at 10:30 a.m. ET and be paired with Kent State and Kansas.
Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com. Fans can follow @GaStateGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the event.
Following this week’s tournament, the Panthers will return home to host the seventh annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club Oct. 15-17.