STATESBORO, Ga. – Led by a 2-under 70 from junior Egill Gunnarsson, Georgia State shot a final round even par 288 to finish in 10th place at the Schenkel Invitational hosted by in-state rival Georgia Southern at Forest Heights Country Club.
Gunnarsson shot Georgia State’s low round of the event making four birdies to earn a tie for 16th place at 1-over par.
Georgia State’s even par round was its best of the week and moved the Panthers up two spots on the leaderboard to finish at 25-over par.
“At our team meeting on Saturday night, I challenged our team as I was disappointed with the way we played and the level of effort we were bringing to the course,” head coach Chad Wilson said. “We still have a lot to play for this year, but we need to take our level of golf up a notch. I though we did that today playing one of our better rounds of the year. We need to keep that going at Furman next weekend.”
Sophomore Owen Sertl added a 1-under 71 to finish at 5-over par and tied for 34th, while senior Severin Soller shot an even par 72 and tied for 47th. Junior Josh Edgar added a 3-over 75 to tie for 63rd, while freshman David Li rounded out the line-up with a 77 to finish in 82nd place at 22-over par.
Senior Nick Budd who competed as an individual this week shot a 5-over 77 and tied for 69th at 13-over par.
Host Georgia Southern ran away from the field shooting a final round 20-under 268 to finish at 26-under par and earn a 13-stroke win. East Tennessee State finished in second place at 13-under par, with Notre Dame coming in third place at 3-under par. No. 50 Mississippi State earned a fourth-place finish at 2-under par while Kentucky rounded out the top five at 1-over par.
Georgia Southern’s Steven Fisk earned low medalist honors after a final round 7-under 65 allowed the senior to finish at 14-under par for the 54-hole event. Mississippi State’s Peng Pichaikool finished in second place at 8-under par with Georgia Southern’s Brett Barron coming in third at 7-under par. Georgia Southern’s Ben Carr finished in fourth place at 5-under par, while Notre Dame’s Miguel Delgado and East Tennessee State’s Austin Carter tied for fifth at 4-under par.
Georgia State will return to the course for the Furman Intercollegiate at the Furman University Course in Greenville, S.C., March 22-24.