CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern opens its spring season in Hilton Head this Monday and Tuesday at the Wexford Intercollegiate. Hosted by Francis Marion, the event gives CSU a chance to measure itself against four Big South Conference programs, as well as in-state foes Furman and Wofford.
The 54-hole event at Wexford Plantation begins with 36 holes Monday and concludes Tuesday with final round play. The Bucs have placed in the top-three in each of their last two trips to the tournament, including a runner-up finish in 2015.
Field (18 Teams): Francis Marion, Akron, Charleston Southern, Cleveland State, Dartmouth, Davidson, Dayton, Georgia, Furman, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Memphis, Mercer, Presbyterian, Radford, USC Aiken, TCU, and Wofford
Course: Wexford Plantation – Hilton Head, S.C. – Par 70 – 6,455 yards
Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com
Tee Times: Monday's First & Second Rounds – 8:15 a.m. (Shotgun start - 36 holes of continuous play)
Tuesday's Final Round – 8:15 a.m. (Shotgun start – 18 holes)
Led by first-year head coach Jason Payne, CSU is eager for its first of six events leading into April's Big South Conference Championship. Seniors Art Griffin and Jacques Wilson will anchor a lineup that also includes redshirt junior Dylan Patscot, sophomore Elliot Gothe and first-semester freshman Connor Moore.
"We're excited to get the season underway and this will be a good test for us," Payne said. "We feel like we're a different team with Jacques and Connor added to the lineup. Being able to play six events throughout the spring will give us a good opportunity to play a lot competitively and hopefully be playing our best as we go to the conference championship."
Wilson, a transfer from Kansas in his second year at CSU, will make his senior season debut this week. He finished on a high note as a junior, threatening for medalist honors at April's Big South Championship before placing sixth with a four-under par total of 210.
Patscot, who enjoyed a strong fall while emerging as a strong contributor in CSU's lineup, earned the number two spot through qualifying.
Griffin will look to cap a decorated two-year career at CSU with a strong spring campaign. He was at his best this November, capturing the East Bay Deli Classic title with a final round five-under par 67.
Moore and Gothe round out the starting five for Payne's Bucs. Moore hails from Bluffton, S.C., and is a talented player that has showed glimpses of his potential in qualifying. Gothe is looking to continue the progress he made as part of CSU's lineup this fall.
CSU will tee off Monday morning on holes 10 through 12. The Bucs will play alongside Georgia and Memphis.