Bucs take on elite field this weekend at General Hackler Championship

Bucs take on elite field this weekend at General Hackler Championship

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern plays its second spring break tournament this weekend at the General Hackler Championship, hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach. The 54-hole event opens with a shotgun start Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continues with final round play Sunday at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.

CSU Lineup: No. 1 Jacques Wilson, No. 2 Jake Ezell, No. 3 Austin James, No. 4 Art Griffin, No. 5 Derrick Villarreall

Field: Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, ETSU, Iowa, Kentucky, Kent State, LSU, North Florida, North Carolina State, South Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Course: The Dunes Golf & Beach Club – Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Par 72 – 7,233 yards

Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com

Tee Times: Saturday's First & Second Round: 8:30 a.m. (Shotgun play – CSU will start on No. 14 & No. 15); Sunday's Final Round: 8:30 a.m.

Perennially one of the nation's premier tournaments, the 16th annual General Hackler field features nine programs currently among Golfstat's top-50 rankings. CSU, ETSU and North Florida are the only clubs in the 15-team field that do not hail from an FBS conference.

Following a 16th place finish this past Tuesday at The Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, the Bucs are looking to round into form with the Big South Championship now just a little over a month away.

Junior Jacques Wilson will play in the No. 1 spot for Director of Golf Todd Selders' squad. Wilson tied for 36th earlier this week in Aiken, recording a 10-over par 220. Classmate Jake Ezell's two-under 68 was the round of the tourney for CSU, earning him the No. 2 spot in the lineup.

Senior Austin James, meanwhile, will return to the site of his third-place finish at the General Hackler a year ago. James played his final five holes in that tournament at five-under, surging to seven-under overall and just two back of the co-medalists. The 2016 Big South Player of the Year is hoping to display progress after struggling earlier this week.

CSU should get a boost from the return of junior Art Griffin, who will make his spring debut. Griffin has been sidelined with an ankle injury. The Lafayette College transfer was runner-up for medalist honors at last spring's Patriot League Championship, and displayed some of that potential during the fall campaign.

Sophomore Derrick Villarreall will also compete for CSU for the second time this week. Villarreal carded a 76 for his best score at The Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.

CSU will tee off on No. 14 and 15 tomorrow, and will play alongside South Alabama and Virginia Tech.

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