CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's men's golf squad moved up two places and back into the top 10 in the latest edition of the GolfWorld/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll, sitting currently at ninth.
Most recently, the Chanticleers posted a wire-to-wire, 23-shot victory at the 2007 PUPS Big South Conference Golf Championship, Apr. 18. The 54-hole, three-day tournament was played at Limestone Springs Golf Club (Par 72 - 6,987 Yards) in Oneonta, Ala., Apr. 16-18. It was Coastal's ninth Big South title in the last 11 years. Ranked as the top team in Region 3-North, Coastal had previously captured the team title at the 2007 Administaff Augusta State Invitational, coming back from nine shots down in the final round and as much as 15 shots during the last 18, for a one-shot victory and successful defense of its team title.
CCU has four All-Big South players from this year, led by senior Dustin Johnson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Dutch Fork). Johnson continues to set the mark as he earned Big South Player of the Year and Medalist honors, is currently ranked fourth according to GolfWeek and was recently named to represent the U.S. at the Palmer Cup. Junior Zack Byrd (Calabash, N.C./Byrd Academy) was voted on the All-Big South squad along with junior Lindsay Renolds (Christina Lake, B.C./Heritage (S.C.) Academy). Freshman Sam Lyons (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) placed ninth at Big South Championships and also earned All-Big South honors for his efforts.
The Chants earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals and now await the announcement Mon., May 7 of the location of their regional to be played May 17-19. This year's NCAA Championships will be contested at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2.
Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll Top 25