ATLANTA – Looking to win a ninth conference title and advance to a 15th NCAA Regional, Georgia State men’s golf head coach Chad Wilson announced the Panthers 2021-22 schedule on Tuesday.
The Panthers will play five tournaments in the fall and five more in the spring leading up to the Sun Belt Conference Championship in April.
“After a challenging year in many ways for our program, we are excited to get things going in September,” Wilson said. “We think this schedule not only prepares us well for conference and NCAA Regional play but will allow for our team to play in some of our favorite events as well as a handful of new ones both locally and nationally.”
Georgia State will open the season hosting the fifth annual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Sept. 10-12. The event will feature 16 teams including four that played in the NCAA Championship in May along with another eight that qualified for NCAA Regional play.
The Panthers will then make the first of three trips to the state of Alabama for the Graeme McDowell Invitational at Greystone Founders Golf Club in Birmingham Sept. 28-29.
Georgia State will open October heading west once again for the Paintbrush Invitational at Colorado Golf Club Oct. 4-5, before returning home to host the annual Georgia State Invitational Oct. 10-11, at Berkeley Hills Country Club in nearby Duluth. The event returns following a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Panthers will stay local to close at the fall returning to Coach Wilson’s alma mater Kennesaw State for the Pinetree Invitational at Pinetree Golf Club in Kennesaw.
Georgia State will open the spring with a third trip out west for the Lake Las Vegas Invitational at Las Vegas National Golf Club Feb. 28-March 2.
Just four days later (March 6-8) the Panthers will return to the Tiger Invitational at Grand National Golf Club in Opelika, Ala. Georgia State has finished in the top five in the event just across the state border in four of their last six appearances including a second-place finish in the 17-team field in 2018.
After last year’s event was snowed out, the Panthers will return to the All-American Intercollegiate at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, March 21-22. Georgia State last opened the spring there in 2018 and shot a final round 285, which proved to be the second-lowest round of the year for the Panthers.
Wilson has added a new event to the schedule March 27-29 as the Panthers will head to Gulf Shores, Ala., for the Craft Farms Collegiate. It will be followed by a return trip to the 3M Augusta Invitational April 2-3, at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The Panthers will join an elite field the weekend before the start of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
The Panthers will look to earn another Sun Belt Championship and win a ninth conference title at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Ark., April 24-27.
NCAA Regional play will once again take place at six national sites, May 16-18. The NCAA Championship is set for Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., May 27-June 1, with the final day of stroke play and the match play portion of the event televised on The Golf Channel.