ATLANTA – Looking to return to NCAA Regional play, the Georgia State men’s golf team announced its fall 2018 schedule on Thursday. The four-tournament schedule is highlighted by the eighth annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic and a repeat trip to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
The Panthers return three starters from a squad that just missed postseason play for the first time in five years during the 2017-18 season.
“There is no doubt that our first two goals remain the same entering the season,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We want to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship and return to NCAA Regional play. Last year we came up short on both of those goals. Our guys are working hard on their games this summer so that we can enter the year playing some great golf and get off to a solid start in September.”
For the fifth-straight year, the fall is scheduled to get underway Sept. 9-11, at The Invitational at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C. The course most recently hosted the PGA Championship in 2012 and one of the most famous Ryder Cups in 1991. Georgia State finished seventh to open the season two years after shooting a school-record 18-under par 270 in the first round. Last year’s event was moved to November after a hurricane postponed the event in September.
Georgia State will return to Arizona Sept. 21-23, for the third annual Maui Jim Invitational at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale. The event, which is hosted by Georgia State, features a top 25 field at one of the premier courses in Arizona.
Just over a week later the Panthers will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for the Wolfpack Intercollegiate at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Georgia State last appeared in the event in 2010 finishing tied for eighth.
The Panthers will conclude the fall hosting the eighth annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic Oct. 15-16, at Berkeley Hills Country Club in nearby Duluth. The 12-team field will play 36 holes on Monday, followed by the final round on Tuesday. In-state rival Georgia Southern took the title last year as Steven Fisk won the individual title.
The Sun Belt Championship will return to The Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla., next April. The Panthers will be looking for a third conference championship in five years.
Practice for the 2018-19 season will begin after student-athletes return to Georgia State in late August.