CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern looks to cap the fall season on a high note when it hosts the 2016 East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah Island's Turtle Point Golf Club. Play in the 54-hole tournament runs Sunday through Tuesday as CSU competes amongst a 22-team field featuring ten programs inside Golfstat's Top-100 rankings.
Led by first-year head coach and Director of Golf Todd Selders, the Bucs are hoping to repeat the success they had last year at Turtle Point. CSU won the rain-shortened event with a ten-under team total, beating out four teams ranked in the top-33 nationally. The accomplishment was the highlight of a fall campaign that propelled CSU to an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship.
Selders is pleased with the team's mindset coming off a seventh-place finish at last week's Camden Collegiate. The Bucs are confident their best golf is ahead of them.
"We had a good week of practice working on some issues we've had," Selders said. "I'm really excited to be hosting a really good field. We're going to take it one day at a time and try to play some good golf to finish the fall playing like we know we can."
R.J. Keur earned runner-up honors last year at Turtle to pace the Bucs to the team title. The junior has been CSU's steadiest player through three events this season, collecting top-15 finishes in each outing. Classmate Art Griffin has been playing more consistent golf of late, showing the form that made him runner-up at last year's Patriot League Championship. Griffin finished in a tie for 17th at Camden Country Club.
Austin James, the 2016 Big South Player of the Year and conference champion, has made his share of birdies but is seeking to limit big numbers. Jake Ezell is also hoping to get back to the steady form that made him a key cog in CSU's success a year ago.
College of Charleston, at No. 48, enters as the highest ranked team in a strong field that should once again test CSU. Complete information of the 2016 East Bay Classic is below.
2016 East Bay Classic
Augusta, Abilene Christian, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Gardner-Webb, Francis Marion, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland, Memphis, Nebraska, Presbyterian, Radford, Rutgers, Tennessee, Troy, USC Upstate, Winthrop, Wofford
Turtle Point Golf Club at Kiawah Island, S.C. – Par 72 – 7,100 yards
First Round – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. shotgun start
Second Round – Monday, 10:00 a.m. shotgun start
Third Round – Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start