What You Need to Know:
* With an automatic bid to NCAA Regional play on the line, the Georgia State men’s golf team will open the Sun Belt Championship on Sunday at The Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla.
* Georgia State has advanced to match play in two of the three years the format was used, compiling a 3-1 team record and 13.5-6.5 individual record.
* The Panthers have won eight conference tournaments and finished as a runner-up eight times in the last 20 years.
ATLANTA – Looking to win a second title in three years and advance to a fifth NCAA Regional in six years, the Georgia State men’s golf team will open the Sun Belt Championship on Sunday at The Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla.
The 12-team field will play 54 holes of stroke play on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The top four teams will then qualify for match play with No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 scheduled for Wednesday morning. The winners will advance to the championship match on Wednesday afternoon.
Since 1998, Georgia State has finished in the top three in the conference tournament all but four times with eight titles and eight second-place finishes.
Since adding the match play format three years ago, the Panthers have advanced twice compiling a 3-1 record and a 13.5-6.5 individual match record during that stretch.
“Everyone within our program would admit that the season has not gone how we hoped or planned,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “However, we know that if we win this tournament we will go back to the NCAA Regionals and that is not lost on anyone. We will look to play our best golf over the next few days and see what happens.”
Two years ago after earning the No. 4-seed entering match play, the Panthers topped No. 1-seed Troy 4-1 before taking out No. 2-seed Georgia Southern 3-2 to earn the eighth conference title in program history.
Gunnarsson leads the Panthers with a 73.57 scoring average, while Edgar is just a fraction behind at 73.70 and a team-best 10 rounds of par or better. Kyles is right there with the duo averaging 73.82 strokes per round including a pair of 68’s this year.
Following a Saturday practice round, the championship will get underway on Sunday. For the first round, Georgia State will be paired with Troy and Appalachian State, teeing off a 8:30 a.m. ET on Hole No. 10. Live scoring of the event will be available at GolfStat.com while television coverage will be provided on ESPN+.
With a conference championship win, Georgia State will automatically earn a spot into NCAA Regional play which will be played May 12-15 at six national sites including Athens, Ga., Ames, Iowa, Simpsonville, Ky., Mullets Inlet, S.C., Stanford, Calif., and Pullman, Wash. The NCAA championship is scheduled for May 24-29 at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.