April 20, 2019
Contact: Mike Holmes
Phone: (404) 413-4033
Georgia State Opens Sun Belt Championship Sunday in Florida
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.”
Georgia State’s line-up will include senior James Kyles, juniors Josh Edgar and Egill Gunnarsson, along with sophomore Owen Sertl and freshman David Li.
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.
MIKE HOLMES | Associate Athletic Director – Sports Communications | Georgia State University
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