Coastal Carolina senior golfer Dustin Johnson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Dutch Fork) is one of 24 players invited by the United States Golf Association (USGA) to participate in a three-day Walker Cup practice session Jan. 3-5, 2007, at Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla.
This will be the third consecutive time the U.S. has held a practice session prior to the Walker Cup (an amateur Ryder Cup-style event), which will be played Sept. 8-9 at Royal County Down Golf Club in Ireland. The U.S. leads the Walker Cup series 32-7-1, but Great Britain & Ireland holds a 5-4 edge since 1989. The Americans last won on foreign soil in 1991 when the Walker Cup was held for the first time ever in Ireland.Johnson is currently ranked seventh in the Golfweek/Titleist Amateur Rankings after a sterling fall for both him individually and for the Chanticleers. He was named the Midseason Naitonal Player of the Year by GolfWorld and to the 2007 Ben Hogan Award Watch List by Colonial Country Club and the Friends of Golf. Ranked as the top player nationally at one time during the season according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance index, the first golfer in Big South Conference and school history ever to achieve the top individual ranking. The two-time All-American and two-time Big South Player of the Year is currently ranked sixth in the GolfWeek/Sagarin collegiate ratings and 36th 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 (top American collegiate) and currently has a 70.60 scoring average. In his career, he ranks second in CCU career scoring average at 72.81 strokes per round.
Coastal Carolina is currently No. 6 in the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Ratings Index, No. 7 in the Golfstat ratings, No. 9 in the GCAA/Bridgestone Coaches Poll of Nov. 16, and No. 11 in the GolfWorld Coaches' poll. The Chants were ranked as high as No. 4 in the GolfWeek rating earlier this year, the highest ever for any sport at Coastal Carolina or in the Big South Conference. Coastal is also the top ranked team in District 3 North by GolfWeek, the first time the squad has ever been the top team in one of the top three districts in the nation.
The Chanticleers posted top five finishes in each of its four team events in the fall, including taking home the team title 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 and finishing in the top 11.