CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina men's golf squad continued to make their presence on the national stage, earning a pair of national weekly honors from GolfWeek. The team was named as the publication's National Men's Golf Team of the Week, while senior Dustin Johnson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Dutch Fork) earned the National Men's Golfer of the Week accolade from the weekly.
The Chanticleers entered the final round trailing by nine shots to first and second round leader North Carolina. CCU fell behind 15 shots through the first eight holes of the final round but mounted a furious rally, going 10-under over the last 10 holes as a team to the team title by one shot, firing an 11-under 853 for the event, with the Tar Heels finishing at 854. The win moved the Chanticleers back into the top 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Johnson took home medalist honors in dominating fashion, shooting a 12-under 204 for the tournament (four-under 68 in each round) and winning by six shots over Houston's Jordan Irwin, George Bryan IV of South Carolina and North Carolina's Reed Darsie. Johnson was a key part of the late rally for CCU, as he was three-over for eight holes on Sunday and had five birdies, one eagle and no bogeys in the final 10 holes (seven-under), including birdies on the 16th and 18th holes when Coastal and UNC were tied, while playing partner Darsie could only manage a birdie on the 17th. He improved to No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
The Chanticleers are next on the course to defend their Big South Conference title at the 2007 PUPS Big South Conference Men's Golf Championship, Mon.-Wed., Apr. 16-18 at Limestone Springs Golf Course in Oneonta, Ala.