What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team will host a field of 14 teams for the third annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz., starting Friday.
* The field, which includes the top teams from around the country, will play Mirabel Golf Club Friday-Sunday in a 54-hole event.
* Georgia State will be playing in Arizona for the fourth time in the last three years following an NCAA Regional appearance in Tucson in 2016.
ATLANTA – The Georgia State men’s golf team will return to the course on Friday for the third annual Maui Jim Invitational in Scottsdale, Ariz. Despite being nearly 2,000 miles from Atlanta, the Panthers will serve as host for the event for a third-straight year.
The field of 14 teams will play Mirabel Golf Club, a private course on the north side of Scottsdale. The course will play to a par 70, 7,085 yards for the 54-hole event.
This week will mark the first of two events the Panthers will host over the next four weeks, concluding with the Autotrader Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Oct. 15-16.
“We have been looking forward to returning to Scottsdale since this time last year,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “The Maui Jim Intercollegiate is quickly becoming one of the best tournaments in college golf because of the course, staff, volunteers, and sponsors who make it a special event for all of the players involved.”
The teams will be treated to a luau on Thursday night as well as what is believed to be the first collegiate cornhole tournament on the driving range Thursday afternoon.
The field, which is equally impressive, includes Auburn, Augusta, Arizona State, Clemson, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas State, Kent State, LSU, Minnesota, NC State, Oregon, and Oregon State.
Georgia State’s line-up will include seniors James Kyles and Nick Budd, sophomore Egill Gunnarsson, along with freshmen David Li and Frederik Hedmark. Senior Severin Soller will compete as an individual for the Panthers.
Last season at Desert Forest Golf Club Arizona State took the team title by just one stroke over Georgia Tech as Sun Devil Alex Del Rey Gonzalez earned the individual title.
In year one at Mirabel, LSU cruised to a five-stroke win over Baylor as Tiger Luis Gagne earned low medalist honors.
Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com. Fans can follow @GaStateGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the event.
Following this week’s tournament, the Panthers will return to the course Oct. 1-2, for the Wolfpack Intercollegiate hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C.