KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Led by junior J.J. Grey’s 2-under 69, Georgia State shot a final round 5-over 289 to tie for seventh at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate at The Club at Irish Creek (April 12th, 2013). The Panthers, who won the event last year, finished the 54-hole tournament at 17-over par.
Coming off a month of March where he earned Sun Belt Golfer of the Month honors, Grey finished alone in eighth-place at 1-under par. His final round included five birdies.
“I was happy with the way we fought today,” head coach Joe Inman said. “We limited our big numbers and continued to make a good number of birdies. We will go into the week looking to get in some good practice and then head to the conference tournament and see what happens.”
Senior Damon Stephenson added a final round 2-over 73 that included five birdies to finish the tournament 5-over and tied for 28th.
Senior Davin White also shot a 2-over 73 making one birdie on Sunday. White tied for 41st at 9-over with freshman Max Herrmann who shot a 3-over 74 during the final round.
Freshman Alexander Herrmann rounded out the line-up with a final round 7-over 78 which left him at 12-over par and tied for 56th.
Sophomore Nathan Mallonee, competing as an individual, shot a final round 3-over 74 to finish at 15-over and tied for 69th.
No. 17 South Florida came from behind following a final round 1-over 285 to earn a one-stroke win at 1-over par over No. 24 North Florida. No. 26 Kennesaw State finished third at 4-over, followed by East Carolina in fourth at 8-over. Charlotte rounded out the top five at 11-over par. The Panthers tied with Tulsa for seventh.
A threesome shared low medalist honors as South Florida’s Rigel Fernandes, North Florida’s Taylor Hancock and Kennesaw State’s Fredrik Nilehn all finished at 5-under par. Charlotte’s Daniel Brantley finished alone in fourth at 4-under, followed by another threesome of golfers at 2-under.
Georgia State will return to the course for the Sun Belt Conference Championship at The Raven in Miramar, F.L., April 19-21, 2015. A win would guarantee the Panthers a return trip to NCAA Regional play.