CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern competes for a league title and automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals this weekend at the Big South Conference Championship. The 54-hole tournament opens Friday and continues through Sunday at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C.
Field (Seedings/Golfstat national ranking): No. 1 Liberty (41), No. 2 Campbell (55), No. 3 Gardner-Webb (152), No. 4 Radford (159), No. 5 High Point (196), No. 6 Longwood (215), No. 7 Winthrop (219), No. 8 Charleston
Course: The Patriot at Grand Harbor – Ninety Six, S.C. – Par 72 – 7,120 yards
Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com
CSU's Tee Times: Friday's First Round - 8-8:40 a.m. (Off No. 1)
Saturday's Second Round - Dependent on leaderboard (8-10:20 a.m. - Off No. 1)
Sunday's Final Round - Dependent on leaderboard (8-9:30 a.m. - Off No. 1 or 10)
Recent CSU results in Big South Championship (All Held at The Patriot)
2017: 4th as team (Wilson 6th; Griffin T-16th)
2016: 3rd as team (Austin James - Individual champion)
2015: 1st as team (Earned automatic bid to NCAA Regional)
First-year head coach Jason Payne is hopeful the Bucs can string together solid play throughout the lineup at The Patriot. CSU features one of the more talented 1-2 punches in the circuit in seniors Jacques Wilson and Art Griffin, and Elliot Gothe is coming off a Big South Golfer of the Week honor. Senior Dylan Patscot and freshman Connor Moore have also contributed some solid efforts over the course of a busy spring slate.
"If we can line it all up, it could be a great week," Payne said. "We definitely feel like we have the firepower to be in the mix so we just need to make sure putts fall and scores are low. True with any team is you want all five guys playing well together and it seems like all spring we've had times where Jacques' played well or Art's played well or Elliot has. We're hoping everyone can get it going and give ourselves a chance."
CSU is seeded eighth in a nine-team field mostly tightly bunched after Liberty and Campbell at the top. Both the Flames and Fighting Camels are in position for an at-large NCAA bid if they do not secure the league crown this week.
Wilson enjoyed his first foray at The Patriot last spring, finishing sixth to pace CSU to a fourth-place showing. Griffin also turned in some quality golf en route to placing T-16th.
Behind Wilson and Griffin, Gothe will look to use his performance at the Wofford Invitational as a springboard. The sophomore Swede recorded a career-best sixth-place finish with a 54-hole total of four-under par 212. Gothe was the third But to garner Big South Player of the Week honors this year, joining Griffin and Wilson.
"The course being pretty wide open definitely favors the long hitters like Art, Jacques and Elliot," Payne said. "We like how Dylan and Connor are playing too so I think the guys feel good about going and competing."