CONWAY, S.C. -- As the announcement for the 2006 NCAA Golf Championships approaches, Coastal Carolina's men's golf team moved up again in the NCAA South Region Rankings, announced by the NCAA South Region Ranking Committee. The Chanticleers have moved up to fourth in the poll, their highest-ever ranking in one of the toughest regions in college golf.
After posting wins in three of their last four tournaments, including their second straight PUPS/PDPS Big South Golf Championship, the Chants trail Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson in a region where the top eight automatically qualify for a berth in one of the three regionals. Behind Coastal in the rankings in order are East Tennessee State, Wake Forest, Duke, Charlotte, North Carolina State and Augusta State.Coastal is also currently ranked 18th nationally in the Golf Coaches Association of America/Bridgestone Coaches Poll, while also sititng in 25th in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Computer Rankings.
Junior Dustin Johnson (Lexington, S.C./Dutch Fork) is impressive in the individual rankings in both GolfWeek and Golfstat. Johnson is currently 11th in the nation according to GolfWeek and 14th in the Golfstat Cup . The junior is currently leading the Chants in scoring average at 71.77 strokes per round, posting top-20 finishes in 10 of his 11 events this year, including three first-place and six top-five finishes.
Coastal will next be in action at one of the three NCAA Regionals, Thu.-Sat., May 18-20, with the top 10 teams in each regional advancing to the NCAA Championships, Wed.-Sat., May 31-June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.The NCAA will announce which of the three regions the Chanticleers will compete at Mon., May 8 at 5 p.m.
NCAA Coaches South Region Rankings
1. Georgia Tech
2. North Carolina
4. Coastal Carolina
5. East Tennessee State
6. Wake Forest
9. North Carolina State
10. Augusta State
11. Georgia Southern
12. Virginia Tech