May 30, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - Coastal Carolina sophomore Sebastian Soderberg will begin play at the 2011 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at 10 am (CT) on Tuesday, May 31, at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek.
Soderberg qualified for the NCAA Championships, being the top individual not on the top five teams at the NCAA East Regional as he tied for second with a final round 67. He is the first Chanticleer to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual. Coastal went the national championship as a team in 2005, '06 and '07, finishing a program-best fifth in 2007. In 2006, Dustin Johnson advanced past the third round to compete as an individual, finishing 21st (tied). In 2007, Johnson tied for ninth as an individual.
To prepare for the difficult Karsten Creek, Soderberg played a practice round at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., as well as having a practice round at Karsten Creek Monday.
"It was blustery the past two days," said CCU Director of Golf Allen Terrell. "The wind will blow the next couple of days, but nothing like it did today or Sunday.
"Southern Hills will prepare you for any course. It is simply one of the finest clubs in America. It was a privilege for Sebastian to get to experience that course and we are grateful for that opportunity. Now Sebastian will get to play one of the finest college courses in America.
"Although just a sophomore, he now has a lot of experience, playing in some big-time tournaments. He is in a good frame of mind. If you miss the fairway, you will have to layup because the grass is really thick. The greens have a lot of movement and are firm. This is as close to a US Open set-up these guys will play. Likewise, you have to manage your mistakes. He is a good decision maker, as he proved last week on a difficult course. The fairways are forgiving and you must keep it in the fairways so you can get a predictable spin."