What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State opens play on Sunday at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner in the first of three tournaments during the month of March.
*The Panthers will face 18 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 two years.
ATLANTA – Coming off a top five finish to open 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 18 of the best teams from throughout the country.
Georgia State returns to the event for a third-straight year, earning top five finishes in each of the last two seasons. Grand National is the same course that Georgia State made its first NCAA championship appearance in 2000.
“We had a good start to the spring in Mobile last month,” head coach Joe Inman said. “We would have liked to finish a little better, but we saw some great things, including Alex earning his first career win. We have a chance to move up the rankings with a solid result this week as we inch closer to postseason play.”
The field will include host No. 23 Auburn, Kennesaw State, Missouri, James Madison, West Virginia, Charlotte, Troy, Minnesota, UNCW, South Alabama, Maryland, Louisville, UNCG, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Arkansas State, Samford and Davidson.
Alex Herrmann is coming off his first career victory at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate last month as he finished the 54-hole event 6-under par. He leads the team with a 71.17 scoring average.
Budd earned a win in the fall and has a pair of top 25 finishes to go along with a 71.78 scoring average. Mallonee is finishing his career strong, already recording three top 25 finishes this year and is third on the team with a 72.1 scoring average.
Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com. The Panthers will play a practice round on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET. First round tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the same start time being utilized on Monday and Tuesday off Holes No. 1 and 10.
Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course March 12-14, at the Bandon Dunes Invitational in Bandon, Ore.