What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team shot an opening round 5-under 275 at the third annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday.
* Freshmen David Li and Frederick Hedmark are tied for 15th place after each shot a round of 3-under par 67 in the opening round.
* The Panthers are tied with Oregon and Auburn for seventh-place entering Round 2.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Led by a pair of 67’s from freshmen David Li and Frederick Hedmark, the Georgia State men’s golf team sits in a tie for seventh following the opening round of the third annual Maui Jim Invitational at Mirabel Golf Club.

Li and Hedmark are tied for 15th-place in a loaded field that features seven teams which qualified for the NCAA Championship last May. Li made four birdies during his opening round and just one bogey. Hedmark, making his collegiate debut, was 3-over after just four holes before making seven birdies to finish his round 3-under par.

The Panthers finished the day with a 5-under par 275 to sit tied with Oregon and Auburn, just two strokes behind NC State and Minnesota.

“Overall I am pretty pleased with the way we played today, especially the freshmen,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “Frederick was playing in his first collegiate tournament and was 3-over after just four holes. He easily could have let the pressure get to him. Instead, he stepped up and shot an incredible 67 to really help the team.”

Senior Nick Budd is tied for 36th after the first round following an even-par 70, while fellow senior James Kyles is tied for 48th following a 71.

Junior Egill Gunnarsson rounded out the line-up with a 3-over 73 and is tied for 65th.  Senior Severin Soller, competing as an individual this week, shot a 1-over 71 and is tied for 48th.

LSU, which won the inaugural Maui Jim Intercollegiate in 2016 shot a 17-under 263 to take a two-stroke lead into round two. Georgia Tech and Arizona State are tied for second place at 15-under par, while Augusta is in fourth-place at 8-under par. Minnesota and NC State are tied for fifth place at 7-under par.

LSU’s Luis Gagne opened play with an 8-under 62 to lead by one stroke. Oregon State’s Shawn Lu is in second place at 7-under par. Nine golfers are tied for third place at 5-under par.

Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at Golfstat.com.

Fans can follow @GaStateGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the event. Round two tee times will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday off Holes No. 1 and 10. Georgia State will be paired with Kent State and NC State for the second round beginning at 11:40 a.m. ET off Hole No. 10.

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.