ATLANTA – With the first tournament of the fall in the books, the Georgia State men’s golf team announced its spring schedule on Wednesday as the Panthers look to return to NCAA Regional play for the fifth-straight year.
Georgia State opened the fall over the week with an eighth-place finish at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Ariz. It was the first of nine
Georgia State will open the spring season at the All-American Intercollegiate at the Golf Club of Houston in Houston, Texas, Feb. 16-18. It will mark the first time playing in Texas since back to back NCAA Regional appearances 2013 and 2014.
The Panthers will return to the course March 4-6 at the Tiger Invitational at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala., in the first of four events in the month. Georgia State has finished in the top five in the event just across the state border in each of the last three years.
Georgia State will then travel to South Georgia for the Schenkel Invitational hosted by in-state rival Georgia Southern March 16-18 at Forest Heights Golf Club.
It will be followed by a return trip to the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C., March 25-27. It will mark the third time GSU has played in the annual event hosted by Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish. The Panthers finished fifth in the event last year.
Georgia State will close the month at the 3M Augusta Invitational March 31-April 1 at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The Panthers will join an elite field the weekend before the start of The Masters. GSU earned a ninth-place finish last season as Max Herrmann tied for eighth.
“I think this is a great schedule that our guys will enjoy and will get us ready for the postseason,” Director of Golf Joe Inman said. “We continue to want to build on our strength of schedule to put us in the best position possible entering the NCAA Regionals. I believe this schedule will do this as we look to return to the NCAA Championship.”
Georgia State will look to defend its Sun Belt Championship and win a ninth conference championship at The Raven in Miramar Beach, Fla., April 22-24, at the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
NCAA Regional play will once again take place at six national sites, May 14-16. The NCAA Championship is set for Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., May 25-30, with the final day of stroke play and the match play portion of the event televised on The Golf Channel.
Georgia State’s next event will be to host the seventh annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club Oct. 15-17, in nearby Duluth.