CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern returns from a three-week layoff this Monday and Tuesday at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in Cashiers, N.C. The 54-hole tournament, hosted by Western Carolina at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley, opens with 36 holes starting Monday at 9 a.m.
Field (15 Teams): Austin Peay, Belmont, Central Arkansas, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Florida Atlantic, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Morehead State, Stetson, Tennessee Tech and Wofford; Individuals from Clemson
Course: The Country Club of Sapphire Valley – Cashiers, N.C. – Par 71 – 6,767 yards
Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com
Tee Times: Monday's First & Second Rounds – 9 a.m. (Shotgun start)
Tuesday's Final Round – 8:30 a.m. (Off No.'s 1 & 10)
Led by second-year head coach Jason Payne, CSU will employ four-fifths of the lineup it used in the opener, plus junior Elliot Gothe. Gothe, one of the Bucs' top returners, performed well as an individual at The Ocean Course Invitational and earned a spot in the starting five in qualifying rounds.
CSU placed eighth as a team at The Ocean Course, showing glimpses of the type of team it can become behind an influx of newcomers. Odessa College transfer Brandon Smith tied for tenth to lead the way, and would have been in contention for medalist honors if not for a quadruple bogey late in round one. Alan Smith and Parker Jones also contributed some solid golf for the Bucs.
Connor Moore and Gothe are CSU's top returners, and each high notes at The Ocean Course. Moore placed tied for 32nd while Gothe tied for 36 on the strength of a final round 75.
This marks the second straight year CSU has competed at the Hummingbird. The Bucs finished tied for tenth last year behind a T-10th showing from Art Griffin. Gardner-Webb, the only other Big South team in this year's field, is the defending champion.