CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern will compete in the 2015 Jim Hackler Championship hosted by Coastal Carolina. This year's tournament will feature a 15-team field and be played at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
This is the second event of the spring season for the Bucs and they are looking to build off a second place finish at the rain-shortened Wexford Intercollegiate.
The Dunes Club is a Robert Trent Jones signature course and has a course rating of 76.1 and a slope rating of 148. Jones changed the original course design in 1976-77 with modifications to holes 3, 4, 11, 15, and 18. Each hole has its own descriptive name to give golfers an idea of what to expect before they tee off. "Waterloo", hole 13, is the signature hole of the Dunes Course. Famous worldwide, it is a legendary hole where Lake Singleton comes into play. "Waterloo" has received every accolade and award as one of the greatest golf holes in the world.
The Club successfully converted all greens from A-1 Bentgrass to Ultradwarf Champion Bermuda surfaces. Additional projects completed during the closure included significantly enlarging the practice tee and range, the construction and addition of a new chipping green and practice bunker as well as the addition of over 250 yards to the championship tees. The Championship Course now measures 7,450 yards, which positively positioned the Dunes Golf and Beach Club to co-host the 2014 PGA Professional's National Championship.
"The guys are really looking forward to this event," CSU Director of Golf Mike Wilson said. "We know that these next few events are really going to let us measure ourselves against the rest of the country."
Joining Charleston Southern at the Dunes Club this week are eight of the Top 100 teams including No. 29 North Florida, No. 31 East Carolina, No. 44 East Tennessee, No. 51 Winthrop, No. 55 NC State, No. 57 Iowa State, No. 65 Charlotte and No. 91 North Texas.
The two-day tournament is hosted by Coastal Carolina and also features, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, and USC Upstate.
"We are coming into this event with the mindset that we are here to try and win the event," Wilson said of his team.
Competing for the Bucs this tournament are senior Jarrett Swan (74.3 stroke average), junior Nicolas Baena (75.6), sophomore Austin James (74.0), and freshmen Jake Ezell (72.3) and RJ Keur (74.3). All five players competed in the Wexford Intercollegiate earlier this spring led by RJ Keur's tie for ninth, which earned him Big South Freshman of the Week honors for a second time.
Wilson is excited about the opportunity that the Bucs have going into the rest of the spring.
"We have five guys that can compete to win any tournament as individuals, as long as they commit to the process anything is possible."
The first two rounds of the tournament begin on Monday with the final round scheduled for Tuesday. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com and updates can be found @csugolf on twitter.