Feb. 25, 2010
BACK IN FLORIDA AGAIN: Coastal Carolina University's men's golf squad will play its second straight event in the state of Florida, heading to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., fo the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. Hosted by the University of North Florida, the three-day, 54-hole event is being played at Sawgrass Country Club.
LAST YEAR AT THE JOHN HAYT COLLEGIATE: The Coastal Carolina University men's golf team dropped off the pace and finished ninth at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, Feb. 22-24, 2009.
The Chanticleers had an up-and-down round and posted a 301 in the last 18 to finish at 910 in ninth place. No. 30 LSU took home the team title at 885, eight shots better than runner-up No. 10 Arizona State at 893 and 10 shots ahead of third-place Georgia Southern.
Redshirt senior Zack Byrd shot 3-over 75 in the final round and tied for second at even-par 216, two shots behind medalist John Peterson from LSU. It was his third straight top-20 and second straight top-three finish this spring. Sophomore Tripp McAllister was next at 12-over 228, tied for 24th. Juniors Sam Lyons and Dan Obremski tied for 60th at 235. Redshirt sophomore Steve Delmar shot his best round of the tournament with a final round 75, completing Coastal's effort at 246, placing him 82nd.
LAST TIME OUT AT THE SUNTRUST GATOR: Coastal Carolina's men's golf team shot its best round of the tournament and finished 12th at the 2010 SunTrust Gator Invitational, Feb. 13-14, 2010.
Coastal put together its best round of the tournament, shooting 294 in the final 18 to finish at 58-over 898 and in 12th. No. 4 and host Florida ran away with the team title, finishing at 1-over 841 to win by 18 shots over No. 16 Florida State in second. No. 40 Chattanooga was third at 869, with Lamar in fourth at 870. Duke and LSU tied for fifth at 872 to round out the top five.
CCU was led by redshirt-sophomore Drew Ernst, who shot a 1-over 71 in the final round to tie for 31st at 11-over 221. Senior Dan Obremski was next in a tie for 45th at 224, while freshman Sebastian Soderberg also had a 71 in his last 18 and moved up to a tie for 51st at 225. Senior Sam Lyons was next for the Chants in a tie for 58th at 228, with redshirt-sophomore Alan Lee rounding out the scoring at 239, tying for 72nd. Mississippi's Jonathan Randolph shot a final round 3-under 67 to take home medalist honors at even par 210, one shot better than LSU's Andrew Loupe. Florida had its top three players, Tyson Alexander, Andres Echavarria and Tim McKenney, tie for third at 212.
IN THE LINEUP: Coastal Carolina will have a pair of new faces in the lineup for the SunTrust Gator Invitational, along with three veterans. Redshirt-sophomore Alan Lee will make his first appearance of the 2009-10 season and just second in the five for Coastal in his career at the event, while freshman Sebastian Soderberg will see his second collegiate action in the tournament, having played in the final fall event as well. Joining them in the lineup are seniors Sam Lyons and Dan Obremski and redshirt-sophomore Drew Ernst.
ALUMNUS JOHNSON GETTING GOING AGAIN: After finishing 15th on the PGA Tour Money List in his "sophomore" year, former Coastal Carolina men's golfer Dustin Johnson is going again, most recently defending his title at the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This year, he also has a tie for third at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Feb. 4-7. With two top-three and two other ties for 16th in his five events, Johnson currently leads the PGA Tour in the FedEx Cup standings with 793 points and is second on the Money List with $1,727,450.
Last year, Johnson qualified for the season-ending FedEx Cup and was 15th on the PGA Tour Money List with $2,977,901 in prize money. Johnson won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am and had five top-10 and 11 top-25 finishes in 25 events played in 2009.
MAKING THE MARK NATIONALLY: The Coastal Carolina men's golf team made its mark on the national stage in the fall, with a victory and two other top-six finishes in the four events. Coastal Carolina has started out the season in solid fashion, finishing third in the inaugural Golfweek Conference Challenge, pitting 15 conference champions from the 2008-09 season, and then followed it up by winning The McLaughlin at Bethpage Red in Farmingdale, N.Y. Individually, the Chants have had five top-10 and seven top-20 finishes, including senior Sam Lyons tying for medalist honors at The McLaughlin, his first collegiate victory, as well as senior Dan Obremski picking up the win at the Windon Memorial Classic. The Chants also finished sixth at the Windon Memorial Classic.
OBREMSKI PICKS UP BIG SOUTH HONOR FOR WIN: Coastal Carolina senior Dan Obremski was named the Choice Hotels Big South Men's Golfer of the Week for events played Oct. 1-7.
Obremski won his first collegiate title at the Windon Memorial Classic (par 71, 7,081 yards), sharing it with Kent State's Brett Cairns after each shot a 1-over 214, two shots better than the third-place finishers. Obremski fired a 1-under 71 in the final two rounds after opening with a 74. He also was the second-straight Chanticleer to take home an individual title this season, as Sam Lyons won The McLaughlin in Coastal's last event.
LYONS BIG SOUTH GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Coastal Carolina senior Sam Lyons was named the Choice Hotels Big South Men's Golfer of the Week for events played Sept. 17-23, it was announced today by the Conference office. This is the second weekly league honor of his career.
Lyons tied a career best with a 2-under 208 (73-68-67) to tie for medalist honors at The McLaughlin (par 70, 6,734 yards), his first collegiate tournament victory. Lyons shot the best final round of the tournament with a 3-under 67 to lead the Chanticleers to the team title in the event, coming behind in the final round. He led Coastal Carolina to a school record 5-under 835 (280-277-278), four shots ahead of runner-up UNC Wilmington and the only under-par round on the final 18. The Chanticleers' three single rounds rank among the top 14 rounds in school history.
MOVING UP THE CAREER CHARTS: Three Chanticleers have moved into the top 10 on the Coastal Carolina career scoring chart with a minimum of 50 rounds played. Junior Dan Obremski is currently sixth at 74.02 strokes in 105 rounds played, while senior Sam Lyons is currently eighth at 74.60 strokes in 81 rounds played. Junior Tripp McAllister is just outside the top 10 in 11th with 56 rounds played at a 74.8 stroke average.
RETURNING A VETERAN LINEUP: The Chanticleers return six letterwinners, including three starters and three All-Big South honorees from the 2009 Big South Conference Champion squad. Coastal has four players with NCAA Regional experience back on the roster and six letterwinners overall to go with four newcomers.
HEAD COACH ALLEN TERRELL: Head Coach Allen Terrell is in his 10th season as the Coastal Carolina leader and has built the program into one of the top in the nation. He has led the team to seven NCAA Regional appearances along with three NCAA Championship runs, including a fifth-place finish in 2007. He has also had two individuals qualify for regionals, as well as four All-Americans and 24 All-Big South performers at Coastal Carolina.