CSU looks to carry momentum forward at UNF Collegiate

CSU looks to carry momentum forward at UNF Collegiate

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Fresh off an excellent start to its spring season, Charleston Southern returns to the links Monday and Tuesday at the UNF Collegiate. First round play is slated for an 8:30 a.m. start Monday at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, with the second round immediately following.

CSU Lineup: No. 1 Hayley McNeill, No. 2 Emelie Flink, No. 3 Shelby Thompson, No. 4 Hannah Barger, No. 5 Milleina Ohara

Field: Campbell, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Daytona State College, Delaware, Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, Memphis, Murray State, North Florida, Old Dominion, Southern Mississippi, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky, Wofford

Course: Jacksonville Golf and Country Club – Jacksonville, Fla. – Par 72 – 6,002 yards

Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com

Tee Times: Monday's First & Second Round: 8:30 a.m. (2nd Rd. immediately following 1st)

Tuesday's Third Round: 8:30 a.m.

The Bucs are coming off the best round in school history, an even-par 288 that cemented a fifth-place finish at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic. Coach Matt Cram-Smith's squad challenged for the title in the 43-team field, the largest in collegiate golf.

The junior duo of Hayley McNeill and Emelie Flink was the biggest CSU for last week's success. McNeill set the program's 54-hole scoring record with a four-under total of 212 on the strength of under par second and third rounds. The effort continued the stellar play that saw the Australian complete qualifying rounds in red numbers. As a result, McNeill is the number one in CSU's lineup.

Flink tied for 11th with an even-par total of 216. She followed up a 75 with rounds of 69 and 72. Flink recorded five birdies in her final round, and recovered from three consecutive bogeys on the back nine to par two holes and birdie the last.

Rounding out the Bucs' alignment in Jacksonville will be Shelby Thompson, Hannah Barger and Milleina Ohara.

This is the third straight year CSU has competed in the UNF Collegiate. The Bucs placed 16th last year and ninth two years ago. McNeill earned a 12th place showing at the event in 2015, and carded CSU's best round – a two-over 74 – last year.

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