(release courtesy Big South Conference)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Coastal Carolina University has secured the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big South Women’s Golf Championship, which will be hosted by High Point University at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C. Coastal Carolina, last year’s runner-up finisher, receives the No. 1 seed based on its current Golfweek national ranking of 98, the highest among the eight Big South women’s golf programs.
Winthrop, which finished third in last year’s championship, is ranked 112th in the nation by Golfweek and receives the No. 2 seed. Defending champion Charleston Southern is the No. 3 seed with its ranking of 119. New member Gardner-Webb will compete in its first Big South Women’s Golf Championship as the No. 4 seed, as the Bulldogs are ranked No. 147. Radford, ranked No. 165, will be the No. 5 seed in the championship, while associate women’s golf member Bucknell (198) is the No. 6 seed. Host High Point receives the No. 7 seed (No. 201) and associate member Holy Cross (No. 8 – 236) rounds out the championship field. In addition, new Big South member Presbyterian College will participate in the event, but will not count in the overall team and individual standings due to its transition to Division I.
The Patriot Club is hosting the Big South Women’s Golf Championship for the third time, as the course hosted the event in 2005 and 2008. The 2009 Big South Women’s Golf Championship begins this weekend with a practice round on Sunday, April 12. The three-day, 54-hole event will be played April 13-15 and is free and open to the public. The 2009 champion will receive the Big South’s automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
Date Time (ET) Event
Sunday, April 12 1:00pm Practice Round
Monday, April 13 8:00am First round
8:00-8:36am #7 High Point, #8 Holy Cross, Presbyterian
8:45-9:21am #4 Gardner-Webb, #5 Radford, #6 Bucknell
9:30-10:06am #1 Coastal Carolina, #2 Winthrop, #3 Charleston Southern
Tuesday, April 14 8:00am Second Round
Wednesday, April 15 8:00am Final Round
Meanwhile, the annual Big South Women’s Golf Awards Banquet will be held Monday, April 13 at 6:00pm at The Patriot Golf Club. The 2009 annual award winners and half of the All-Conference team will be announced at that time, while the remaining All-Conference performers will be determined by their finish in the Conference Championship.