What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team will open the season on Sunday at The Invitational at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.
* This will mark the fourth time in five years opening the season at one of the premier golf courses in the country.
* Two years ago the Panthers opened The Invitational with a school-record 18-under par 270.

ATLANTA – The Georgia State men’s golf team will open the 2018-19 season for a fourth time in five years at The Invitational at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., which gets underway on Sunday.

Last season, the Panthers were originally supposed to open the fall season at the same event, but host College of Charleston was forced to cancel the tournament due to Hurricane Irma.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has played host to the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships. It will also host the 2021 PGA Championship. The Ocean Course is only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships.

“Our guys are excited to get the season underway,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “For our returners, last season ended in disappointment and they have not forgotten about that. For our newcomers, they know what our program is all about – winning conference championships and qualifying for NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships.

“Playing one of the premier courses in the country is the perfect way to open the year. The Ocean Course at Kiawah is known for its toughness and beauty. The course is right along the Atlantic Ocean and can create for brutally tough and windy conditions that we will be ready for if it happens.”

After a remarkable summer and leading the team through five rounds of qualifying, senior James Kyles will lead the squad this week. He will be joined in the line-up by fellow seniors Nick Budd and Severin Soller, along with junior Josh Edgar and freshman David Li. Sophomore Owen Sertl will compete as an individual for the team this week.

Along with Georgia State, this year’s field will include Akron, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, Elon, Francis Marion, George Mason, Georgia Southern, High Point, James Madison, Maryland, Ole Miss, SMU and Western Carolina

The last time the tournament was held in 2016, Middle Tennessee State earned a six-stroke win over Ole Miss. The Panthers opened that event shooting a school-record 18-under 270 before finishing in seventh place.

The Panthers will play a practice round on Saturday to get ready for the event. Tournament play will get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. Monday tee times will begin at 8 a.m. while the final round on Tuesday is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com.

Following this week’s tournament, the Panthers will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 21-23, for the third annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club. Georgia State will serve as the host for the three-day event that includes several top 25 teams.