What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State opens play on Sunday at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner in the first of four tournaments during the month of March.
* The Panthers will face 17 teams from throughout the country over three days in the 54-hole event at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala.
* Georgia State has recorded top-five finishes in the event each of the last three years.


ATLANTA – Looking to bounce back after a tough start to the spring, Georgia State will begin a busy four-week stretch at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner on Sunday, traveling just across the state-line to Grand National Golf Club for Auburn’s annual event. The 54-hole, three-day event will feature 17 of the best teams from throughout the country.

Georgia State returns to the event for a fourth-straight year, earning top-five finishes in each of the last three seasons. Grand National is the same course that Georgia State made its first NCAA championship appearance in 2000.

Last year, Nathan Williams led the Panthers with a tie for 16th at 1-under par, while former Panther Nathan Mallonee tied for 18th at even par.

The 17-team field includes host Auburn, Charlotte, Chattanooga, James Madison, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Samford, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington.

“Our guys are anxious to get back out on the course,” head coach Chad Wilson. “We know that we are better than our scores have indicated, but now it is time to prove it. March will be a busy month for us and it starts with a good field at a great venue this weekend.”

The 54-hole event will feature 18 holes off No. 1 and No. 10 tees each day starting at 8:40 a.m. ET beginning on Sunday. A practice round is scheduled for Saturday.

The line-up for Georgia State will include senior Alex Herrmann, juniors Severin Soller, Nick Budd and Nathan Williams, along with sophomore Josh Edgar.

Soller currently leads the Panthers with a 72.64 scoring average. In five tournaments this year he has compiled two top 10 finishes and three top 25 results.

Edgar led the Panthers with a tie for 35th at the spring season opening All-American Intercollegiate where he tied for 35th at 1-under par.

Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will be paired with South Alabama and James Madison for the first round on Sunday. The groups will go off beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET off Hole No. 10.

Following this week’s event, Georgia State will return to the course for the Schenkel Invitational hosted by Georgia Southern March 16-18 at Forest Heights Golf Club.