CONWAY, SC The Coastal Carolina University mens golf team continues to move up the major national ratings, announced today. The Chanticleers were named National Team of the Week by GolfWeeks Around Campus, their college golf site, Oct. 16.
College golf uses three major barometers for rankings -- the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, the Golf Coaches Association (GCAA) of America/Bridgestone Coaches Poll and the Golfstat ratings. Coastal Carolina is currently No. 6 in the Golfstat ratings, No. 6 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Ratings Index and No. 15 in the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll of Oct. 12, up from No. 21 two weeks ago. The No. 6 ranking is the highest ever for any sport at Coastal Carolina or in the Big South Conference. However, the GCAA rankings do not include the Chanticleers win at the Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic last week, as Coastal defeated Duke (No. 11 in the GCAA poll) and North Carolina (No. 14) by 18 and 13 shots, respectively.
The GolfWeek/Sagarin ratings and Golfstat Ratings are both computer indexes based on various performance factors. The GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches at Division I institutions that are also members of the Golf Coaches Association of America and is released every two weeks.
The Chanticleers earned the national award with last weeks win at the Coca-Cola Duke Classic in Durham, N.C., Oct. 8-9. Coastal led by four shots through 36 holes and dominated the field in the final round, posting the best round of the tournament with a 281. This was nine shots better on the final round than the next squad, with all five CCU players posting under-par scores.
Senior Dustin Johnson (Lexington, S.C./Dutch Fork) captured his second straight individual title at the Duke Classic, winning by one shot over North Carolinas David Holzworth. Junior Zack Byrd (Calabash, N.C./Byrd Academy) tied for seventh, while senior Moises Cobo (Seville, Spain/Pendleton School (Fla.)) and freshmen Sam Lyons (Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach) and Dan Obremski (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) tied for 11th.
Johnson is currently ranked second in the GolfWeek/Sagarin collegiate ratings and 25th in the Golfstat Cup individual ratings among all levels of collegiate golf. He posted a win at the Duke Classic, finished fourth at the Inverness Intercollegiate and placed second at the International Collegiate.
Additionally, Coastals freshmen are currently rated seventh by Golfstat through the first two tournaments and the Chanticleers have three players ranked in the top 40 nationally, as Byrd is 32nd and sophomore Cameron Hooper (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) is 36th in the GolfWeek/Sagarin ratings, as well as three others ranked in the top 210.
The Chanticleers will next hit the course at the Callaway Match Play Championship, Sun.-Tue., Oct. 29-31. The tournament is being played at historic Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.