March 8, 2012
CONWAY - Once again, the field for the 11th annual Coastal Carolina General Jim Hackler Championship, contested Mar. 11-12, will feature some of the top programs in collegiate golf. However, one thing will be different this year as the event has been moved to the DeBordieu Club in Georgetown.
The first General Hackler Championship, then referred to as the Coastal Carolina Invitational, was held at The Grand Dunes Resort in 2002. The subsequent nine years thereafter the tournament home was at TPC Myrtle Beach, which is both the Chants' home course and site of the team's practice and training facility.
The 2012 field of 15 teams is headlined by eight teams ranked among the GolfStat and Golfweek top 50, including Arkansas (ninth in both ranking), North Florida (14th/19th, respectively), New Mexico (19th/21st), Virginia (24th/35th), Tennessee (40th/37th), East Carolina (41st/45th), Lamar (57th/63rd) and two-time NCAA Champion Augusta State (49th/50th). The Chants are ranked 91st in poll ranking systems with Air Force, East Tennessee State, Furman, Maryland, Navy and Pepperdine rounding out the field.
Individually, New Mexico's John Catlin is ranked 16th by GolfStat, while North Florida's Sean Dale is ranked 19th by Golfweek. Coastal Carolina is led by junior Sebastian Soderberg, who is a two-time All-Big South selection and advanced to the NCAA Championship last year.
The field included six past champions, including Arkansas (2003), Pepperdine (2004), Coastal Carolina (2005), East Tennessee State (2006 and 2010), Lamar (2007) and Augusta State (2011). Other than the host Chanticleers, East Tennessee and Pepperdine have played in the most Hackler Championships, each with eight previous appearances. Other repeat competitors at the Hackle include Arkansas (3), Augusta State (5), East Carolina (3), Furman (4), Lamar (5), New Mexico (1), North Florida (5), Tennessee (1) and Virginia (4). Air Force, Navy and Maryland will be playing in their first Hackler Championship.
The DeBordieu Club, designed by Pete and D.B Dye, will play 7,189 yards and be a par 71 for the 2012 Hackler Championship.
The first round will begin at holes 1 and 10 at 7:30 am on Sunday (Mar. 11) with continuous play for a total of 36 holes. The final round on Monday will also begin at 7:30 am with the awards ceremony set for approximately 3 pm.
Alex Coe (Pepperdine)
|2002||Washington State||Dustin White (Washington State)|
|2003||Arkansas||Brendon De Jonge (Virginia Tech)|
|2004||Pepperdine||Alex Coe (Peperdine)|
|2005||COASTAL CAROLINA||Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State)|
|2006||East Tennessee State||Alex Coe (Pepperdine)|
|2007||Lamar||Rhys Davies (East Tennessee State)|
|2008||Wake Forest||Derek Fathauer (Louisville)|
|2009||Wake Forest||Matt Hill (North Carolina State)|
|2010||East Tennessee State||Seamus Power (East Tennessee State)|
|2011||Augusta State||Henrik Norlander (Augusta State)|