May 6, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics will hold a short sendoff event for the 39th-ranked women's golf team at the Beaty Memorial Victory Bell on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Chanticleers will then board their bus and begin their journey to the NCAA Central Regional hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.
The sendoff event is open to all Coastal Carolina faculty and staff along with Chanticleer fans wanting to give the team their well wishes.
Coastal Carolina secured the 13th seed at the NCAA Central Regional, which will be played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, by winning the 2013 Big South Championship. Coastal led the entire Big South Championship en route to an eight-stroke victory over 34th-ranked Campbell. Leading the way for the Chanticleers at the Big South Championship was senior Brittany Henderson, who earned individual medalist honors for the second straight season. Also impressing at the championship tournament were freshman Lena Schaeffner and senior Jessica Alexander, who finished tied for second and fourth, respectively.
The Chanticleers are no strangers to the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, having competed in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at the course each of the past two falls. Most recently the Chants tied for seventh at the Berning Classic with a 905 (+41) in Oct. 2012. Coastal turned a 12th place finish during the 2011 Berning Classic. Individually, Henderson has led the Chants around the par-72, 6,327-yard layout with a 75.16 scoring average. Alexander averages a 76.5 on the course, while Castillo averages a 77.16 through her six career rounds on the course. Hinchman and Schaeffner averaged 77 .0 and 77.66 scores, respectively, over their three rounds last fall.
This marks the fifth NCAA Regional appearance for the Chanticleers, who also earned a bid in 2005 prior to a string of three straight from 2009-11. It was be the first time Coastal has competed at the NCAA Central Regional.
The NCAA Central Regional field will feature some of the toughest competition of all the three sites. Third-ranked Duke and fourth-ranked Oklahoma lead a field that contains four top 10 teams, eight from the top 25 and 15 from the top 50 as determined by the latest GolfStat.com rankings. No. 9 Florida, No. 10 Washington, No. 15 Arizona State (winner of seven NCAA championships, including 2009), No. 16 UC Davis (Big West champions), No. 21 Texas Tech, No. 22 N.C. State, No. 27 Michigan State, No. 33 SMU, No. 34 Campbell, No. 35 Coastal Carolina (Big South champions) No. 41 Wake Forest, No. 45 TCU and No. 46 Gonzaga are the other GolfStat top 50 teams competing this weekend.
A total of 24 teams (eight from each regional) and six individuals (two from each regional) will advance to the NCAA Championship. The championship finals will be held May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.