What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot a second-round 308 in tough conditions and stands in 11th-place entering the final round of The Hootie at Bulls Bay at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.
* Junior Nathan Williams birdied his first three holes and shot a 74 on Monday to sit in a tie for 37th after 36 holes.
* Georgia State will be paired with the College of Charleston and Louisville for the final round.
AWENDAW, S.C. – In arguably the toughest conditions of the year, the Georgia State golf team shot a 17-over 308 on Monday at The Hootie at Bulls Bay to enter the final round at Bulls Bay Golf Club in 11th place.
The Panthers were led by a 2-over 74 from junior Nathan Williams during the second round. Williams birdied the first three holes of his round and is tied for 37th at 5-over par entering the final round.
Georgia State sits at 17-over par with 18 holes to play but is within 10 strokes of a pair of SEC schools and one ACC school.
“We got off to a good start today, but things got really tough on the back nine and we just couldn’t get anything going,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We had some good momentum going from the first round but we were not able to capitalize. The good thing is that if we put together a solid round on Tuesday we should be able to move up some spots on the leaderboard.”
The remaining four golfers in the Georgia State line-up are all tied for 46th place at 6-over par. Junior Nick Budd led the way with a 75 on Monday, while Max Herrmann shot 79, Josh Edgar shot 80 and Severin Soller rounded out the group with an 81.
Kent State shot a 3-under par 285 in the second round to take over first place at 10-under par. Kentucky is in second-place at 8-under par with Iowa State standing third at 5-under par. Ole Miss is in fourth-place at 4-under par as Missouri rounds out the top five at 1-over par.
Kent State’s Ian Holt and Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss are tied for the individual lead at 7-under par. Kentucky’s Lukas Euler is in third-place at 6-under par with Iowa State’s Lachlan Barker in fourth at 5-under par. Kent State’s Bjarki Petursson, Iowa State’s Denzel Ieremia, and Wisconsin’s Jordan Hahn are tied for fifth at 4-under par.
The 54-hole event will conclude on Tuesday with tee times off Holes No. 1 and 10 starting at 8 a.m. Georgia State will be paired with the College of Charleston and Louisville in the opening wave off Hole No. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course March 31-April 1 at the 3M Augusta Invitational in Augusta, Ga. It will mark the final regular-season event before the Sun Belt Conference Championship later in the month in Destin, Fla.