CCU’s Soderberg, Alexander capture BSC weekly awards

Coastal Carolina seniors Sebastian Soderberg and Jessica Alexander were named the Big South Men’s and Women’s Golfer of the Week for winning individual titles in their respective tournaments last weekend.

Soderberg won the award for the second time this spring as he won the prestigious Insperity Augusta State Invitational, an event that featured 12 of the nation’s top 50 programs. Thanks to his win this past week, Soderberg is now ranked 40th in the nation according to Golfstat and Golfweek.

Soderberg, who led the field with 17 birdies over three rounds, shot a modest 75 in the opening round, but turned in a second-round, 4-under par 68 later that day to stand in a tie for 11th. Soderberg finished with a 6-under 66 in the final round for a 54-hole total of 209.

However, Soderberg would have to play five more holes and he out-dueled UCF’s Greg Eason (70-70-69=209) to win playoff. Soderberg and Eason, a consensus top 30 player, both birdied the first playoff hole then made three straight pars. On the fifth time playing hole 18, Soderberg hit five iron and then hit wedge just off the back of the green. However, he was able to sink a 15-footer for birdie to win.

This marks the second career win for Soderberg, who won the 2012 Furman Intercollegiate with scores of 68-68-68=204, and he becomes the second Chanticleer to win the Augusta State Invitational, joining Dustin Johnson in 2007. This additionally marks Soderberg’s fourth straight top 10 finish of the spring, tying for seventh, fifth and second twice, respectively.

Alexander captured medalist honors at the M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate (par 72, 6,313 yards) with an 8-under 208 (70-67-71).  It was her second career victory and her 54-hole score was the lowest in school history.  Alexander was under par each round and she finished the tournament 6-under on par 5 holes.  Her performance helped Coastal Carolina to the team title with a school-record 1-under par 863.

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