Summer Golf Update – July 29

It was another quiet week on the amateur circuit for the Georgia State golf programs. Most of the student-athletes are taking some time off before reporting back to school in late August. Make sure to check in with the InsideGSUSports Golf Update every week to see how current and former members of the men and women’s golf team are doing.

On the men’s side:

Most of the student-athletes who competed last week were in the U.S. Amateur Qualifier early in the week and did not compete on the weekend (see last week’s update).

This week, Davin White, J.J. Grey and Nathan Mallonee are competing at the Choo Choo Invitational in Chattanooga, Tenn. The first round was on Monday with the second round being played on Tuesday and the final round on Wednesday at Council Fire Golf Club.

On the women’s side:

Charlotte Guilleux and Solene Le Coz

Charlotte Guilleux and Solene Le Coz

Last week across the pond, Solene Le Coz finished seventh at the Grand Prix of Ozoir in France. The rising sophomore shot 77-80-76. She even got to hang out with former Panther Charlotte Guilleux who was competing as well (see photo).

On the pro side:

The good news for Panther fans was that Tom Sherreard tied for 27th at the Alps de Andalucia shooting 72-69-70. It was the last event on the Alps Tour until early September. He has been on a nice run and is ranked No. 14 on the Order of Merit. The top five at the end of the season earn European Challenge Tour status.

Last week on the European Challenge Tour, Steven Tiley, Joel Sjoholm and Mark Haastrup all missed the cut at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France.

Jonathan Fricke shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut at the Midwest Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Remember to check back next week to see how these golfers did and what is on the horizon as the summer continues.

–Mike Holmes

 

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, July 21-27

August will be here by the end of the week and Georgia State is making the news all over the place on a national basis. In case you missed some of the top stories from last week, InsideGSUSports is here to catch you up every Monday.

  1. Kansas City Star – Rookie Albert Wilson Has The Eye of Chiefs Special Teams Coordinator

One rookie who apparently has caught the eye of special teams coordinator Dave Toub is receiver Albert Wilson. Click here for more.

  1. MyMindOnSports.com – A Conversation with Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter

Georgia State junior R.J. Hunter has accomplished a lot in his first two seasons, but the talented wing is far from done. Click here for more.

  1. SouthernPigskin.com – Georgia State Not Lacking Any Confidence

Despite going winless last season, Georgia State head coach Trent Miles is supremely confidence and optimistic about his team in 2014 after a year in which he believes his players grew leaps and bounds. Click here for more.

  1. CollegeHoopsDaily.comcom – Alright Hamilton! CHD interviews Georgia State Legend Rodney Hamilton

Georgia State has not made the NCAA tourney in more than a decade, but after winning 25 games last season they were on the doorstep before a heartbreaking one-point loss in the Sun Belt tourney title game. Click here for more.

– Mike Holmes

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Summer Golf Update – July 23

It was a rather quiet week on the amateur circuit for the Georgia State golf programs. Most of the student-athletes will start to take some time off before reporting back to school in late August. Make sure to check in with the InsideGSUSports Golf Update every week to see how current and former members of the men and women’s golf team are doing.

On the men’s side:

The exciting action for the week came from the U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Reynolds Plantation where J.J. Grey nearly became the first Panther to qualify since 2008. Grey shot 66-73 and led after the first round. He was tied for fourth following the second round with six other golfers and unfortunately lost in a playoff to send him to the tournament in August at Atlanta Athletic Club. He is positioned as the second alternate and has a chance to get in, so we will wait and see.

Also playing on the Great Waters course was Nathan Mallonee, Hayden Poole and Davin White. White finished tied for 20th following rounds of 73-71. Mallonee tied for 25th after shooting 75-70, while Poole, who will be a freshman on the squad this year shot 71-77 to tie for 41st.

Damon Stephenson attempted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur last week at Piedmont Driving Club. He shot a first round 76 which put him out of contention to qualify this year.

White, Grey and Mallonee will be in Chattanooga this weekend for the Choo Choo Invitational beginning Monday. The 54-hole event takes place at Council Fire Golf Club.

On the pro side:

Last week on the European Challenge Tour, Steven Tiley finished tied for 34th at the Swiss Challenge following rounds of 71-70-70-70. He is currently ranked No. 49 on the Challenge Tour Money List.

Jonathan Fricke unfortunately missed the cut on the Web.com Tour out in Boise. The tour moves to Kansas this week.

On the LPGA Tour, Joanna Klatten missed the cut at the Marathon Classic in Ohio following rounds of 74-72.

Remember to check back next week to see how these golfers did and what is on the horizon as the summer continues.

–Mike Holmes

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, July 14-20

The summer is quickly flying by and Georgia State is making the news all over the place on a national basis. In case you missed some of the top stories from last week, InsideGSUSports is here to catch you up every Monday.

  1. Sports Illustrated – Penn State Adds Future Game with Georgia State

Penn State has added future games with Georgia State, in 2017, and Kent State, in 2018, the school announced Thursday. Both games will be played at Beaver Stadium. Georgia State will travel to Happy Valley on Sept. 16, 2017.Click here for more.

  1. TheMarsReel.com – Ryan Harrow’s Return Home Helps Him Find Peace in His Game

With under five seconds remaining in overtime of the Sun Belt Championship game betweenUL Lafayette and Georgia State, GSU guard Ryan Harrow drives toward the rim trailing 82-81. Winner earns a bid to the NCAA Tournament, and the loser goes to the NIT. Click here for more.

  1. USA Today (The Big Lead) – The 50 Best Players in College Basketball for 2014-15

With the 2014-15 basketball season just around the corner, no better time than to look at the top 50 players we think will make the biggest impacts on college basketball during the upcoming season.Click here for more.

– Mike Holmes

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Summer Golf Update – July 15th

It was one of the busiest weeks of the summer for members of the Georgia State men and women’s golf teams. How busy was it…one golfer played in two separate tournaments in just a seven-day stretch. Make sure to check in with the InsideGSUSports Golf Update every week to see how current and former members of the men and women’s golf team are doing.

On the men’s side:

Playing in the prestigious Players Am in Hilton Head, S.C., J.J. Grey shot rounds of 71-75-68-75 to finish tied for 32nd. He was joined along the coast by Davin White who just missed the cut following rounds of 73-71-76. The winner of the event gets automatic entry into the PGA Tour’s Heritage Classic next April.

Rising senior Damon Stephenson had double-duty during the week. He started the busy stretch by finishing tied for 24th at the Championship at Berkeley Hills, shooting 72-75. The event is a part of the Georgia PGA. He then travelled south to Macon for the Georgia State Amateur Championship where he shot 74-72 before pulling out before the start of the third round. He is playing in the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Piedmont Driving Club this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nathan Mallonee joined Stephenson at Berkeley, finishing tied for eighth with rounds of 72-70.

Transfer Gus Wagoner also qualified for the GSGA Amateur Championship, tying for 66th following rounds of 76-72-76-80.

White, Grey, Mallonee and Hayden Poole will look to qualify for the U.S. Amateur next Monday and Tuesday at Reynold’s Plantation. This year’s national amateur championship is at Atlanta Athletic Club in August.

On the women’s side:

Across the pond, Solene Le Coz just missed the cut at the Biarritz Cup in France. The rising sophomore shot rounds of 72-77 in her homeland.

On the pro side:

Last week on the European Challenge Tour, Mark Haastrup once again led the way for the Panthers with a tie for seventh at the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge. Haastrup shot 67-65-70-72 and is now ranked No. 101 on the Challenge Tour Money List.

Steven Tiley also had a solid week in Slovakia, finishing tied for 11th following rounds of 68-71-67-70. Tiley is now ranked No. 47 on the Challenge Tour Money List.

Joel Sjoholm opened with three-straight rounds of 69 before a final round 75 to finish tied for 44th in Slovakia. Looking to regain his European PGA Tour Card, Sjoholm is currently ranked 57th on the European Challenge Tour Money List.

Jonathan Fricke tied for 15th on the Web.com Tour shooting 71-66-64-71 and moved up to 83rd on the money list, rising 14 spots heading into Boise for this week’s event.

On the LPGA Tour, Joanna Klatten missed the cut in the British Open, believed to be the first major ever played in by a member of the women’s team.

Remember to check back next week to see how these golfers did and what is on the horizon as the summer continues.

–Mike Holmes

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, July 7-13

Everyone just got back to work after the Fourth of July holiday and had to put their heads down to catch up, so it wouldn’t surprise us if some of these top stories were missed. Take a few minutes now over your lunch break (or whenever you get time) to catch up on the top national headlines for Georgia State Athletics last week:

  1. SB Nation – 2014-15 Top Mid-Major Point Guards

You don’t have time to scout every team, so SB Nation did it for you. And among their top 15 point guards, you will see a familiar name to Panther fans. Click here for more.

  1. Fansided.com – R.J. Hunter Draws Rave Reviews at LeBron Camp

The 2014-15 Sun Belt Conference Male Athlete of the Year was again making his name known as R.J. Hunter impressed everyone with his shooting display at the LeBron James Skills Academy last week.  Click here for more.

  1. Bleacher Report – Who Will Be the Next Mid-Major College Basketball Powerhouse? 

Hey there Gonzaga. And what about you VCU? Someone said Wichita State? All these teams came from somewhere, and some of the guys at Bleacher Report think Georgia State could be next in line. Click here for more.

Be sure to check back next week for more news from around the nation on Georgia State Athletics.

– Jerry Trickie

 

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Summer Golf Update – July 9th

With the holiday, many of our Georgia State men and women’s golfers took the week off from tournament play. However, things pick up in a big way this week. Make sure to check in with the InsideGSUSports Golf Update every week to see how current and former members of the men and women’s golf team are doing.

On the men’s side:

Nathan Mallonee led the way for the Panthers since the last update, finishing tied for eighth at The Championship at Berkeley Hills on Tuesday. The rising-sophomore shot 72-70 on the home course of the Panthers.

Damon Stephenson competed with Mallonee and finished tied for 24th, shooting 72-75. It is a busy week for Stephenson as he will play a practice round for the Georgia State Amateur Championship on Wednesday before that tournament gets underway in Macon on Thursday.

He will be joined at the Georgia State Amateur Championship by incoming senior Gus Wagoner. Wagoner won The Championship at Berkeley Hills last summer shooting 8-under.

Davin White and J.J. Grey have made the trip down to Hilton Head for the prestigious Players Am Championship. The winner of the tournament gets an exemption into The Heritage on the PGA Tour next April, the week after The Masters.

On the women’s side:

Both Lauren Court and Melissa Siviter competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier at PineTree Country Club in Kennesaw. Siviter nearly qualified, shooting a 4-over 76 to finish tied for 19th. She missed by just two strokes. She made the turn at even par, but bogeys on her last two holes proved to be the difference.

Court tied for 57th, shooting an 8-over 80.

Across the pond, Solene Le Coz spent the week working as a volunteer at the Alstom French Open on the European Tour. The event was won by Graeme McDowell who won the Georgia State hosted Atlanta Intercollegiate three times a little more than a decade ago. She will be back in action this week at the Biarritz Cup in France.

On the pro side:

Last week on the European Challenge Tour, Mark Haastrup led the way for the Panthers with a tie for 26th at the Aegean Airlines Challenge in Bad Briesbach, Germany. Haastrup shot 70-70-71-73 and will be back in action this week at the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge.

Joel Sjoholm was the story of the event after the first round in Germany as he shared the lead following a first round 66. Unfortunately, rounds of 77-70-74 left him in a time for 39th. He will join Haastrup along with Steven Tiley in Slovakia this week.

With rounds of 74-74, Jonathan Fricke unfortunately missed the cut at the Web.com’s Nova Scotia Open. The tour will be in Utah this week.

Tom Sherreard had another good week on the Alps Tour, finishing tied for 16th at the Flory van Donch Trophy in France. Sherreard shot rounds of 69-71-73 to finish just six off the lead. He is currently 14th on their Order of Merit with three straight finishes in the top-16. The top-five at the end of the year earn European Challenge Tour status.

Joanna Klatten will be back in action this week on the LPGA Tour participating in the British Open. It will mark the first time a former Panther has played in a women’s major championship.

Remember to check back next week to see how these golfers did and what is on the horizon as the summer continues.

–Mike Holmes

 

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Getting Ready to Roll

It’s that time of year. I can’t say we’re fully ready, but then again no one ever is. But, with the season right around the corner, we are right on track to get things rolling as the football team gets into its first season as a full FBS member. The final transition paperwork was filed in May, and here we are in July, just a couple weeks from Sun Belt Conference Media Day (July 22) and then the start of fall camp (Aug. 1). The football season is upon us fans, and it’s time to roll.

With that, you’ll start to see things pick up from our office as well as several other areas. July is when the marketing, tickets, sales, development and communications departments start to get their plans for the season in gear. The planning has been and now it’s time to put things in motion.  One visible piece from our office will be through social and digital starting today — and running every day until Aug. 27 when the Panthers kick off in the first FBS game in the nation against Abilene Christian.

Between now and then, you’ll be hard pressed to miss countdown across social media. There will be graphics daily on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Today you see a fan highlight video. Those will come at Day 50 (today), as well as Days 40, 30 and 20. Beginning with Day 10 and each day after that until one day remaining before kickoff, we will have higher-end, individualized video pieces showcasing the hard work players — both returning and new — are putting in in the offseason.

You may have also noticed the graphics on the covers of our social media pages and the background on GeorgiaStateSports.com. Those will be updated weekly during the regular season as well, highlighting home games across all sports. And there will be more stories. The stories of the players and coaches and you, our #PantherFamily. They will be written stories, or they could be photo galleries on social media, or video pieces produced by PantherVision. We’re also looking at some new ways to tell stories with other new media.

It’s a large amount of content and information, and we’re going to ask you to play a role: share it. Tell others. We’re pushing it out, but we need each of you to do it as well. Retweet our countdown. Like AND share our Facebook and Instagram posts. Let everyone you know there’s a reason the #PantherFamily is growing and it’s because we are moving forward and believe in each other.

There will be more. But since we’re just pushing out these graphics and videos starting today, we thought this would be a good place to let you know, especially for those of you who are already signed up to get our emails instantly when we post a new blog. Thank you for following us, and thank you to anyone who reads this for being a Panther support.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and watch for what’s next. Soon as you blink, it’ll be Aug. 27 and we’ll all be in the Georgia Dome wondering where July went.

– Jerry Trickie, Associate AD for Communications (jtrickie@gsu.edu)

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News

InsideGSUSports is going to have a new feature every Monday, looking back on Georgia State news from the previous week. Coverage of Panther Athletics is at an all-time high, so in case you missed some of the stories from the previous week, here they are in short format from all over the country. We will look to find all of the features and national pieces that include the Panthers.

  1. USA Today – Starting Five: Mid-majors with Cinderella Potential in 2014-15

Mercer stunning Duke. Dayton reaching the Elite Eight. UConn winning the national championship. Surprises define the NCAA tournament, and perhaps none are more memorable than when mid-major schools knock off the marquee programs. Click here for more.

  1. Barrow County News – Winder Football Star Impresses at Georgia State, Looks to Play Early

One Winder-Barrow Bulldogg has traded in his red and black for Georgia State blue as Chandon Sullivan’s career as a college football player is already underway. Click here for more.

  1. Harrisonburg D-N-R – Ford Revs Up in the Valley

Georgia State pitcher Garrett Ford took a step back in 2014. He’s doing everything he can to change that this summer with the Harrisonburg Turks. Click here for more.

Be sure to check back next week for more news from around the nation on Georgia State Athletics.

– Mike Holmes

 

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Georgia State Peachtree Road Race Results

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GSU Alum Brad Smith

Whether it was your first or 39th Peachtree Road Race on Friday, it was probably the best weather that you will ever get in Atlanta on July 4th. I hope that Independence Day got off to a great start for all of the runners, especially this group of GSU alums who sent in their names. It was a great morning on Peachtree Street for all of us and our 60,000. If you need motivation to run it next year, just ask anyone who has run it and they will tell you why it is worth it.

So without further ado, here are the results of some great Georgia State runners:

  • Zaven O’Bryant – Finished with a time of 33:12 and placed 68th overall. The former Georgia State cross country runner was the 16th fastest Georgian and has it fifth-straight top-100 finish.

    Patsy and Johnnie Engesser

    Patsy and Johnnie Engesser

  • Brad Smith – Competing in the wheelchair division, Brad finished with a personal best time of 29:54 (Photo above).
  • Jeremy Williams – The former cross country runner finished in 2,922-place with a time of 48:04.
  • Chuck Speight – Running his 39th Peachtree, the 68-year old finished in 1:21:45.
  • Ann Speight – Running her 37th Peachtree, Ann finished in 1:54:59.
  • Johnnie Engesser – Finished with a time of 1:12:11 to finish in the top half of the field.
  • Patsy Engesser – Finished just ahead of her husband with a time of 1:11:47.
  • John McCosh – Broke the one-hour barrier with a time of 59:55.
  • Dale Krambier – Finished with a time of 1:09:27.

    James Griffin

    James Griffin

  • Mackenzie Nail – The rising sophomore cross country runner ran the 6.2-mile course in 53:39.
  • Montino Ingram – Ran down Peachtree in 1:17:51.

    Ann and Chuck Speight

    Ann and Chuck Speight

  • Nathalie Ingram – Finished the race with a time of 1:22:11
  • Carlos Galindo – Former cross country runner who graduated in 2012 and finished in 144th-place with a time of 35:14.
  • Lauren Blankenship – The former cross country assistant coach finished in 222nd-place with a time of 36:49.
  • Mike Holmes – Came in with a personal-best time of 1:00:36 in his third Peachtree, just missing his goal of under an hour.
  • Todd Craig – Although not a GSU alum, (he rarely misses a basketball game) finished with a time of 57:04.

    Ann and Chuck Speight

    Ann and Chuck Speight

  • Billy Brackin – One of the original Peachtree runners, finished in 46:10 (2,140th) at age 66.
  • Dr. Charles Fallis – One of the race’s oldest finishers, Dr. Fallis, 88, a retired college of ed professor among the many things he did at GSU, clocked in 1:45.29.
  • James Griffin – A 2006 graduate finished the race in 59:27. It was his first Peachtree, but is now hooked and plans to run many more.
  • Michael Johnson-Weeks: A rising junior who was a member of the track and field team finished the race in 43:32.
  • Mike Tiller – A member of the class of ’82 served as a volunteer for the race. An extra big thank you from the InsideGSUSports blog staff.

Congratulations to all of the runners.

If you would like to be added to the list, send your information to Associate Sports Information Director Mike Holmes (rholmes@gsu.edu) and we will add it to the list. Also feel free to send along a photo and we will include that as well.

Mike Tiller

Mike Tiller

– Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes and sister Ashley

Mike Holmes and sister Ashley

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