Aug. 14, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina University’s men’s and women’s golf programs have been invited to compete in the inaugural Golfweek Conference Challenge this fall, the publication announced. The men’s competition will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, Iowa, while the women’s competition – sponsored by communications company VTech – will take place at Primm Valley Golf Club’s Desert Course in Primm, Nev., Sept. 12-15.
Marking the first major event of the season for college golf, Golfweek’s Conference Challenge features only one team from each conference, all competing in a 54-hole, stroke-play format. Golfweek’s editorial staff will provide full coverage of each tournament.
“We are very excited to be part of an event that will bring teams together from all levels of Division I golf,” said Lance Ringler, host of GolfweekTV’s Off Campus show and assistant editor for Golfweek.com. “We were able to attract several men’s and women’s programs that played in the NCAA Championship last season and many more that participated in regional play. We expect Golfweek’s Conference Challenge to be very competitive and hope to continue this event in seasons to come.”
Fifteen men’s teams will compete in this year’s Golfweek’s Conference Challenge: Florida State (ACC), Xavier (Atlantic 10), Baylor (Big 12), South Florida (Big East), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Iowa (Big 10), Virginia Commonwealth (Colonial), Memphis (Conference USA), Illinois State (Missouri Valley), California (Pac 10), Vanderbilt (SEC), Georgia Southern (Southern), Texas-Arlington (Southland), Middle Tennessee State (Sun Belt) and New Mexico State (Western Athletic).
The 18 women’s teams that will compete are as follows: East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun), Oklahoma State (Big 12), Portland State (Big Sky), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Ohio State (Big 10), UC Irvine (Big West), Georgia State (Colonial), Southern Methodist (Conference USA), Harvard (Ivy League), Ball State (Mid-American), Drake (Missouri Valley), UNLV (Mountain West), Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley), California (Pac 10), Chattanooga (Southern), Oral Roberts (Summit League), Fresno State (Western Athletic) and Pepperdine (West Coast).