CONWAY, SC The Coastal Carolina University mens golf team has been seeded No. 6 for the upcoming Callaway Golf Collegiate Match Play Championship, Oct. 29-31. The invitation-only event is being hosted by the Golf Coaches Association of America at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Chanticleers, currently ranked No. 6 in both GolfWeek/Sagarin ratings and Golfstat, will take on No. 11-seed Lamar. Coastal has already defeated four teams in the field this year - No. 2 seed Georgia, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 UNLV and No. 9 Duke - and finished one shot behind top-seeded Florida at the Inverness Intercollegiate. Last year, the Chanticleers were seeded 10th and went 2-2 to finish sixth with wins over Kentucky and Arizona State.
"We are honored to have the privilege of playing Colonial Country Club," head coach Allen Terrell said. "To play a course which Mr. (Ben) Hogan brought to such high recognization is a lifetime opportunity. Coupled with the uniqueness of the match play format, we are looking forward to a great event. We have our hands full early with Lamar. They have an outstanding team. We look forward to travelling to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and representing our university all the way through the final match."
Coastal earned the invitation based on their tie for 15th at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Coastal comes in to the event after winning their last outing 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) 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 junior Zack Byrd (Calabash, N.C./Byrd Academy) 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.
Callaway Match Play First Round Pairings
#1 Florida vs. #16 Arizona
#8 UNLV vs. #9 Duke
#4 Oklahoma State vs. #13 North Carolina State
#5 Clemson vs. #12 Washington
#3 UCLA vs. #14 Auburn
#6 Coastal Carolina vs. #11 Lamar
#7 Texas A&M vs. #10 Arizona State
#2 Georgia vs. #15 Minnesota