What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State has advanced to NCAA Regional play for the fourth-straight season and 14th time since 1999.
* The Panthers will cross the Mississippi River for regional play for the fourth-straight season following two years playing in Texas and one in Arizona.
* Georgia State will be looking to finish among the top five teams to qualify for its sixth NCAA Championship appearance since 2000.
ATLANTA – After securing the Sun Belt's automatic bid, Georgia State will make its fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and 14th since 1999 when the Panthers open play at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La., on Monday.
The Panthers will enter play as the No. 11 seed and one of 14 teams that qualified for the regional. A total of six regionals will take place Monday-Wednesday with the top five teams advancing from each to the NCAA Championship in Sugar Grove, Ill., later this month.
As a No. 8 seed three years ago, Georgia State finished second in San Antonio to reach the finals in Hutchinson, Kan.
“As I have told our guys, at this point in the year, seeding does not mean much,” head coach Joe Inman said. “Other than slotting you into practice round and first round tee time, you can throw your seed out after that. Four of our guys have competed in at least one NCAA Regional and know what it takes over three days. They having had a great week of practice and we are ready to go.”
The regional includes six teams ranked in the top 30 by both GolfStat and Golfweek. Georgia State topped No. 3-seed Virginia in March, but has faced the teams in this regional just seven times this year. The Panthers enter the postseason ranked No. 69 by GolfStat and have combined for a 100-63-2 record.
The 14 teams that will make-up the regional include (in order of seed): LSU, Oregon, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, Arkansas, Jacksonville, Kentucky, South Florida, Iowa, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Loyola-Maryland and Alabama State.
Mallonee is making a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance. He earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors in April after leading the team with six Top 25 finishes.
Alex Herrmann earned All-Sun Belt First Team honors for a second-straight year after leading the Panthers with a 71.94 scoring average. He earned a pair of Top 5 finishes during the year, including a win at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate.
Budd also picked up a win this year, taking the title at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate. He finished the year with 19 rounds of par or better and a 72.52 scoring average.
Live scoring of the entire 54-hole tournament will be available at Golfstat.com and on the Golfstat mobile app.
Georgia State's practice round is scheduled for Sunday off the No. 14 tee for a shotgun start at 10 a.m. ET. The Panthers will open tournament play on Monday paired with Iowa and Jacksonville State. The first group in the pairing will go off at 10:15 a.m. ET, off Hole No. 10.
If Georgia State finishes among the top five teams, the Panthers will advance to the NCAA Championship May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill., at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club.