WGOLF Preview: Buccaneers tee off at season-opening Kiawah Island Spring Classic on Sunday

WGOLF Preview: Buccaneers tee off at season-opening Kiawah Island Spring Classic on Sunday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern begins preparations to open the 2019 season this weekend as the Buccaneers head to nearby Kiawah Island for the Kiawah Island Spring Classic hosted by the College of Charleston.

The three-day event is expected to run from February 24-26 with the teams battling on both the Oak Point and the Osprey Point courses at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

CSU Lineup
Ellen Hume, Daniela Intriago, Andriel Aimua, Sydney Merchant, Natalie Nelson, Kathryn Thorne (Ind.), Sarah Hameed (Ind.)

PARTICIPATING TEAMS (49)
Bethune Cookman, Boston University, Bucknell, Butler, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston (A), College of Charleston (B), Dayton, Delaware, Elon, Fairfield, Fairleigh Dickinson, Georgia Southern, Hampton, High Point, Hofstra, Indiana State,, IUPUI, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Lehigh, Lipscomb, Longwood, Monmouth, Murray State, Navy, North Alabama, North Florida, UNC Asheville, UNCG, Omaha, Presbyterian, Quinnipiac, Richmond, Sacred Heart, SCAD Savannah, South Dakota, South Florida, Stetson, Tennessee Tech, UT Arlington, Towson, Tulsa, USC Upstate, Western Carolina, William & Mary, Wyoming and Youngstown State

COURSE INFORMATION
Osprey Point – Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, S.C. – Par 72 – 5,984 yards
Oak Point – Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, S.C. – Par 72 – 5,977 yards

TEE TIMES AND FORMAT
Sunday, February 24 – First Round – Morning Wave 8:45 a.m. (ET) Shotgun Start | Afternoon Wave 1:30 p.m. (ET) Shotgun Start
Monday, February 25 – Second Round – Morning Wave 8:45 a.m. (ET) Shotgun Start | Afternoon Wave 1:30 p.m. (ET) Shotgun Start
Tuesday, February 26 – Final Round – 8:45 a.m. (ET) Shotgun Start

(Top 24 teams at Osprey Point and teams 25-48 in Flight Championship at Oak Point)

LIVE SCORING
www.Golfstat.com (9-hole scoring)

It's nearly four months to the day since Charleston Southern last competed as the Buccaneers closed out the fall season with the Palmetto Intercollegiate on October 21-23 at the Turtle Point Golf Club. It marked CSU's second tournament held on Kiawah Island last fall having previously traveled to The Patriot at Grand Harbor on October 15-16.

Coach Matt Cram-Smith's battle-tested group features just one upperclassman on the roster in senior Aimua. The Bucs have looked to the strong play from freshmen Ellen Hume, and Natalie Nelson, while sophomores Daniela Intriago and Sydney Merchant have provided consistent play among the Bucs' top five this season.

Hume finished with an impressive seventh-place finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, while Nelson fired a career-best 74 in her final round of the fall. The Bucs will look for it to continue in the deep field this weekend.

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