CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern announced its 2017-18 men's golf schedule on Monday. Led by first-year head coach Jason Payne, the Bucs will play four events in the fall and four more in the spring in preparation for April's Big South Conference Championship.
CSU will host the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah Island's Turtle Point Golf Club once again. Payne and company will also compete in tournaments hosted by South Carolina, local rival College of Charleston and Big South rival High Point.
"We're looking forward to a strong slate of competition, highlighted by two events this fall at Kiawah," Payne said. "Gearing up for the Big South Championship in April, we'll head to two tournaments in the upstate after beginning the spring in the Lowcountry. We believe it's a strong schedule that will test our guys and help us improve throughout the year."
CSU will stay in the Carolinas in the fall, with three events in the Palmetto state and another in North Carolina. The Bucs will open the season Sept. 10-11 at the Kiawah Invitational at The Ocean Course, hosted by College of Charleston. The events always draws an extremely strong field, giving CSU a gauge of where it stands at the beginning of the campaign.
After a three-week break from tournament action, CSU will play three events in October, starting with the Hummingbird Intercollegiate Oct. 2-3 in Sapphire, North Carolina. Before hosting the Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point Oct. 29-31, CSU will head to the Camden Collegiate Invitational, hosted by South Carolina, Oct. 21-22.
In the spring, the Bucs will remain exclusively in South Carolina as they square off against several conference and regional opponents leading into the conference championship. Among those events is the Charleston Shootout, hosted by High Point at the nearby Links at Stono Ferry, Marc 5-6. The Furman Intercollegiate (March 23-25) and the Wofford Invitational (April 9-10) will then cap the regular season slate.
The Big South Championship will again be held at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C., from April 20-22. CSU finished fourth in 2017 and has consistently been in the hunt for the league title in recent years, highlighted by a first-place finish in 2015.
Payne will lead a club anchored by seniors Art Griffin and Jacques Wilson. Both excelled in their first season at CSU, and both enjoy outstanding summers, headlined by Griffin's run to the Round of 32 at the United States Amateur. Also returning are Derrick Villarreal and Dylan Patscot, along with several newcomers who could make an impact.