CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern plays its final tune-up for the Big South Conference Championship this Monday and Tuesday at the Gary Koch Invitational in Gastonia, N.C. CSU is slated to tee off its first round at Gaston Country Club on Monday at 9:15 a.m., with the second round following immediately after. Final round play is set for Tuesday.
Field: Auburn, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, Lamar, Louisiana-Monroe, North Carolina State, Richmond, Southern Illinois, Virginia, Wofford
Course: Gaston Country Club – Gastonia, N.C. – Par 72 – 7,042 yards
Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com
Tee Times: Monday's First/Second Round: 7:45 a.m. (CSU slated to start at 9:15; 36 holes continuous play)
Tuesday's Final Round: 7:45 a.m.
The Bucs will be tested against another strong field featuring eight teams in the Golfstat top-100 rankings, including three in the top-40. No. 13 Virginia and No. 20 Auburn headline the field, which also includes fellow Big South member Gardner-Webb and former league rival Coastal Carolina.
CSU, coming off back-to-back NCAA Regional berths, is looking to play better golf and build momentum toward the conference championship in two weeks. The Bucs did not play in the Koch Invitational last year, and placed T-12th two years ago.
Last time out, Director of Golf Todd Selders' Bucs registered a 14th-place finish in an elite field at The Hootie at Bulls Bay. Jake Ezell earned his way into the top half of the field to pace CSU. He was even par on the front nine over that tournament's 27 holes.
Art Griffin opened The Hootie with a 79 but followed with a level par 72 and a two-under 70. He will look to continue that trend as he nears the end of his first season as a Buc.
Jacques Wilson, Austin James and David Eller comprise the rest of CSU's lineup. Wilson is coming off a strong one-over 73 in his last competitive round. James started The Hootie with a 72 and is hoping to put forth a consistent effort as he prepares to defend his conference title at The Patriot at Grand Harbor.