CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern and head women's golf coach Matt Cram-Smith announced the Bucs' 2017-18 schedule on Monday. The Bucs will play five events in the fall and four more in the spring as they prepare for April's Big South Conference Championship.
Led by returning All-Big South honoree Hayley McNeill and fellow seniors Emelie Flink and Milleina Ohara, CSU will again look to contend at the top of the league. The Bucs have set the program scoring average record each of the last three seasons, and this year's slate will test Cram-Smith's club.
"I'm excited about another challenging schedule this season," Cram-Smith said. "Kicking it off with the Ocean Course Invitational is a great opportunity for the team to compete against some of the best teams in the nation at the hardest course in America."
"This spring, we're co-hosting a new tournament, the Charleston Invitational, with the College of Charleston at Rivertowne Country Club and it will feature a very good field to help us prepare for the Big South Championship," Cram-Smith continued. "The ladies will again be playing at some of the best courses in the Southeast this season and we look forward to the challenges ahead."
After starting the campaign with a stern test at The Ocean Course Invitational, Sept. 4-5, the Bucs will compete in three tournaments for the second consecutive year. CSU is once again part of the field at the ECU Lady Pirate Invitational (Sept. 25-26), the Pinehurst Challenge (Oct. 9-10) and the Palmetto Intercollegiate (Oct. 22). The Bucs' best finish in those tourneys last year was a sixth-place showing at the Pinehurst Challenge. In addition, CSU will also take part in the Jacksonville Classic (Oct. 2-3) at Marsh Landing Country Club, a course they played last spring.
The spring season will begin with the Kiawah Island Spring Invitational (Feb. 25-27), where McNeill will return to the site at which she set the program's 54-hole scoring record last spring. The UNF Collegiate (March 5-6) and Briar's Creek Invitational (March 19-20) are also repeat events for CSU, with the latter featuring as strong a field as the Bucs will see all year. The final tune-up for the league championship will take place April 2-3 at the Charleston Invitational. Held at Rivertowne Country Club, CSU and College of Charleston will co-host the inaugural edition of the tournament.
The Big South Championship is set for April 13-15 and will once again be played at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C.