CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina University men's golf squad will head to Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J. for the 2009 NCAA Regionals, May 14-16. The format has changed this year to a six-location format with 13 teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the finals from each regional. The previous format had 27 teams at each of three regional sites, along with a select number of individuals.
This will be the sixth-straight NCAA appearance for Coastal Carolina, as the squad has advanced out of the regionals into the NCAA Championship on three occasions in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In their most recent Championship, the Chanticleers posted the top team finish in any NCAA Championship by a Big South school, finishing fifth at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.
Ranked No. 46 in the nation by Golfweek, the Chanticleers earned their way into the 2009 field by picking up their sixth-straight Big South Conference title and the league's automatic bid with a 31-shot victory over runner-up Liberty. Redshirt-senior and Big South Player of the Year Zack Byrd, currently ranked No. 21 nationally, earned medalist honors at the Big South Championship for the second time in his career and just the second two-time medalist in Big South Conference history. Teammates junior Sam Lyons and sophomore David Dannelly tied for runner-up honors, while redshirt-freshman Drew Ernst and sophomore Tripp McAllister also finished in the top six as all five Coastal Carolina players earned All-Big South honors this year, the first school ever to accomplish that in League history.
The championships will be conducted May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The University of Toledo is the host institution for this year’s championships.
Galloway National Golf Club – Galloway, New Jersey
Hosted by Columbia University
Teams (seeded in the following order):
3. Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
5. Wake Forest
6. Colorado State
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
10. Penn State
12. VCU (Colonial Athletic Association)
13. Columbia (Ivy Group)
14. Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference)
1. Kevin O’Connell, North Carolina
2. Dan Woltman, Wisconsin
3. Robert Karlsson, Liberty
4. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth
5. Eric Hawerchak, Central Connecticut