What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 8-over 296 on Sunday to stand in a tie for seventh at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner. 
* Junior Nick Budd led the Panthers with a 1-under 71 on Sunday and is tied for 13th.
* Georgia State has recorded top-five finishes in the event each of the last three years.

OPELIKA, Ala. – Led by an opening around 71 from junior Nick Budd, Georgia State stands in a tie for seventh following the first day of the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner at Grand National Golf Club.

Georgia State shot an 8-over 296 on Sunday and sits in a tie with Minnesota and Southern Miss.

Budd’s round included six birdies include three-straight over Holes No. 4-6 during Georgia State’s second nine holes. He stands in a tie for 13th with 36 holes to play.

“Overall I thought we did a lot of good things today,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We played 16 really good holes but then stumbled a little bit over the final two holes on the tougher side of the course. If we can clean up a few things over the next few days, we could have a really good finish this week.”

Georgia State is making a fourth-straight appearance in the event hosted by Auburn. The Panthers have earned top-five finishes in each of the last three years.

Senior Alex Herrmann and junior Severin Soller are tied for 31st at 1-over par following rounds of 73. Both made a pair of birdies during the opening round.

Junior Nathan Williams, who tied for 16th in the event last year, opened play with a 5-over 77 and is tied for 64th. Sophomore Josh Edgar is tied for 88th following an opening round 11-over 83.

Host Auburn ranked No. 9 in the country, opened play with a 7-under 281 to hold a three-stroke lead entering round two. Kennesaw State is in second-place at 4-under par, with Mississippi State in third at 1-over par. Maryland and Charlotte are tied for fourth at 4-over par, with UNC Greensboro just one stroke back in sixth at 5-over par.

Kennesaw State’s Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero leads the field at 6-under par. Maryland’s David Kocher is in second-place at 5-under par, while Charlotte’s Conor Purcell, along with Auburn teammates Jovan Rebula and Wells Padgett are tied for third at 4-under par.

Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com. Georgia State will be paired with Minnesota and Southern Miss for the second round on Monday. The groups will go off beginning at 8:40 a.m. ET off Hole No. 1.

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.