What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot an opening round 311 to stand in 15th place following the first round of the Shoal Creek Invitational at Shoal Creek Country Club.
* Senior James Kyles led the Panthers with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 35th place.
* Round 2 of the three-round tournament got underway for Georgia State before darkness set it. Four golfers in the field remained on the course to finish Round 1. It will be finished on Tuesday morning before the final round gets underway.
BIRMINGHAM – Led by senior James Kyles, Georgia State shot a 23-over 311 to stand in 15th place following the first round of the Shoal Creek Invitational at Shoal Creek Country Club.
Round 2 of the three-round tournament got underway before darkness set it. Four golfers remained on the course still needing to finish Round 1. It will be finished on Tuesday morning before the final round gets underway.
Kyles opened play with a 3-over 75 to stand in a tie for 35th place after making three birdies in Round 1.
The Panthers were just two strokes behind No. 13 Auburn and Samford as Round 2 got underway.
“Due to the weather we were not able to get in a practice round yesterday and I think that most affected us around the greens today,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “They were very firm and our guys had a hard time adjusting. Hopefully, we will take what we learned today and use it going into the next two rounds.”
Junior Egill Gunnarsson added a 6-over 78 and is tied for 64th entering the second round. Junior Josh Edgar, sophomore Owen Sertl, and freshman David Li are all tied for 71st at 7-over par following rounds of 79.
No. 3 Alabama and No. 12 LSU shared the first round lead at 3-under par. Charlotte stands in third place at 2-over par, with No. 15 North Florida in fourth-place at 3-over par with one hole to play. Jacksonville State rounds out the top five at 4-over par.
LSU’s Philip Barbaree leads the field at 5-under par following an opening round 67. Teammate Michael Sanders who is competing as an individual is in second-place at 4-under par. A group of three golfers including Charlotte’s Marc Boucher, LSU’s Garrett Barber, and Auburn’s Marcus Svensson are tied for third at 3-under par.
Live scoring can be found throughout the tournament at GolfStat. Georgia State will continue Round 2 starting at 9:30 a.m. ET, remaining paired with Jacksonville State and Bowling Green.
Following the event, Georgia State will return to the course April 21-24 for the Sun Belt Conference Championship at The Raven in Miramar Beach, Fla.