What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 288 to stand in sixth place at the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club on Friday.
* Junior Nathan Williams opened the even with a 2-under 70 to stand in a tie for 11th.
* The Panthers are coming off a second-place finish at Auburn just two weeks ago.


ATLANTA – Led by a 2-under 70 from Nathan Williams, the Georgia State men’s golf team shot an open round even par 288 to sit in sixth-place following the first round of the Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club on Friday.

Williams made five birdies en route to his under par round to sit in a tie for 11th with 36 holes to play.

Georgia State stands just five strokes out of second place coming off a second-place finish at Auburn just two weeks ago.

“We got off to a great start today,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We made a bunch of birdies and if we can clean up some things on Saturday, I believe we can post a really good number. Nathan put together a very nice round and it was good to see Max return to playing well.”

Max Herrmann shot an even par 72 with four birdies and an eagle to sit tied for 22nd. Sitting at 4-over par with seven holes to play, the senior finished strong with two birdies and the eagle to conclude the round.

Juniors Severin Soller and Nick Budd are tied for 35th after each shot rounds of 73. Both made a pair of birdies during the opening round. Sophomore Josh Edgar rounded out the line-up with a 3-over 75 to stand tied for 58th.

Competing as an individual, freshman Peter Chung also shot a 3-over 75 to stand tied for 58th.

Vanderbilt took a commanding lead with a 14-under 274 on Friday. Kentucky stands in second-place at 5-under par, while Mississippi State is in third at 3-under par. NC State and Notre Dame are tied for fourth at 2-under par.

Vanderbilt’s Theo Humphrey took the individual lead at 6-under par, while teammate Will Gordon is in second-place along with Georgia Southern’s Archer Price at 5-under par. Kentucky’s Cooper Musselman, Notre Dame’s Davis Chatfield and Mississippi State’s Taylor Bibbs are tied for fourth at 4-under par.

Georgia State will be paired with NC State and Notre Dame for the second round on Saturday beginning at 9:45 a.m. off Hole No. 1. Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com.

Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course March 25-27, for the Hootie at Bulls Bay hosted by the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation in Awendaw, S.C.