What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State shot rounds of 279 and 287 to stand fourth following day one of the eighth annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic.
* Three Panthers are among the top 20 including James Kyles and David Li who are tied for 17th.
* The tournament is open and free to the public. Fans can also follow along with live scoring on GolfStat.com.
DULUTH, Ga. – With three golfers among the top 20, the Georgia State men’s golf team sits fourth following two rounds of the eighth annual Autotrader Collegiate Classic at Berkeley Hills Country Club. The Panthers shot rounds of 279 and 287 on day one to sit at 10-under par.
The Panthers were led by senior James Kyles and freshman David Li who are tied for 17th at 4-under par. Kyles opened with a 68 before shooting 72 in round two, while Li shot 70 in both rounds.
Defending champion Georgia Southern leads the 12-team field at 29-under par after tying the tournament record with a 15-under 273 in the morning. UNC Greensboro is in second place at 24-under par with Samford in third place at 11-under. The Panthers are in fourth place at 10-under par with James Madison rounding out the top five at 8-under par.
Defending individual champion Steven Fisk of Georgia Southern leads all individuals at 14-under par following back-to-back rounds of 65. Loyola’s Brandon Berry and Samford’s Alec Stopperich are tied for second place at 8-under par. Samford’s Harlan Winn, UNC Greensboro’s Bryce Hendrix, James Madison’s Nacho Montero, and Georgia Southern’s Ben Carr are tied for fourth at 7-under par.
Carr made his first career hole-in-one on the par 3 8th hole in the second round.
“Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the way we played today,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We have struggled this fall and it was good to see our guys make some birdies and play well. I’m excited for us to finish strong tomorrow and to go into the offseason with some momentum.”
Junior Josh Edgar is tied for 20th at 3-under par following rounds of 70 and 71. Freshman Frederik Hedmark is 1-over par, tied for 36th following rounds of 71 and 74. Junior Egill Gunnarsson rounded out the line-up with rounds of 74 and 75 to sit at 5-over par and tied for 59th.
Five Panthers are also competing as individuals this week. Senior Severin Soller opened with a 71 before an afternoon 67 to stand tied for eighth at 6-under par. Sophomore Connor McKinnon is tied for 26th at 2-under par following rounds of 69 and 73. Sophomore Owen Sertl is tied for 36th at 1-over par after rounds of 73 and 72, while senior Nick Budd is tied for 51st at 4-over par following rounds of 76 and 72. Senior Nathan Williams rounded out the individuals with rounds of 77 and 76 to sit at 9-over par and tied for 68th.
The final round will be played on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. off Holes No. 1 and 10. The Panthers will be paired with James Madison and Richmond beginning at 8:25 a.m. off Hole No. 1.
Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at Golfstat.com.
Following this week’s event, Georgia State will return to the course in the spring beginning with the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn at Grand National Golf Club Feb. 24-26.