What You Need to Know:
* The Georgia State men’s golf team shot a 2-over 286 to stand in eighth-place following the second round of the Sun Belt Championship on Monday at The Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla.
* Junior Josh Edgar shot a second-straight 1-under par 70 to move into a tie for 10th entering the final round on Tuesday.
* The Panthers need to finish in the top four to reach match play for the third time in four years.
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Led by a second-straight 1-under par 70 from junior Josh Edgar, the Georgia State men’s golf team shot a 2-over par 286 to stand in eighth-place entering the final round of the Sun Belt Championship at The Raven Golf Club.
Edgar made five birdies to move into a tie for 10th at 2-under par following the action on Monday.
The Panthers, which are looking for a ninth conference championship, sit just six strokes out of fourth place. The top four teams qualify for match play on Wednesday. Georgia State has reached the match play portion of the tournament in two of the last three years.
“We could have put ourselves in a much better position than we are, but we are still far from out of this,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “Six strokes in college golf is not much and can be quickly overcome. We need to come out and put some pressure on folks early on Tuesday. If we do that, I feel like we still have a great chance to reach match play.”
Senior James Kyles added an even-par 71 on Monday and stands tied for 40th at 4-over par. Sophomore Owen Sertl shot a 1-over 72 and is tied for 51st at 7-over par. Junior Egill Gunnarsson shot a 2-over 73 in the second round and is now tied for 22nd at 1-over par. Freshman David Li rounded out the line-up with a 4-over 75 and is now even par thru 36 holes and tied for 17th.
No. 28 Arkansas State leads the 12-team field at 13-under par following a 10-under 274 on Monday. Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern are tied for second place at 10-under par. Little Rock stands in fourth-place at 6-under par, while UT Arlington is just a stroke back in fifth place at 5-under par.
Arkansas State’s Luka Naglic holds the individual lead at 9-under par, while teammate Zan Luka Stirn and South Alabama’s Rasmus Karlsson are in a tie for second place at 8-under par. Georgia Southern’s Steven Fisk shot a 10-under par 61 on Monday to move into fourth place at 6-under par. Little Rock’s Aaron Ramos rounds out the top five at 4-under par.
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.
Georgia State will be paired with UL Monroe and Louisiana, teeing off at 9:15 a.m. ET on Hole No. 10 on Tuesday. 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.