Coastal’s Soderberg named Big South golfer of the week

Coastal Carolina junior Sebastian Soderberg was named the Big South Men’s Golfer of the Week after winning the Furman Intercollegiate with a 12-under par score of 204.

Soderberg, who ranks fifth in the nation with 99 birdies for the 2011-12 season, birdied his first three holes Sunday and went on to shoot his third consecutive round of 68. His play helped the Chanticleers finish a season-best tie for third in the 21-team field at Furman.

Soderberg became the first Chanticleer to win individual medalist honors since Dan Obremski won the Windon Memorial Classic Oct. 4-5, 2009. Soderberg also shot in the 60’s for three rounds of a tournament for the first time in his career and his 12-under par for three rounds is also a career-best. In addition, his 54-hole total of 204 is both a career low by eight strokes and ranks as the fifth-best, 54-hole score in CCU history behind Dustin Johnson (198), Zack Byrd (201), Johnson (201) and Johnson (203).

Soderberg started Sunday one stroke behind the two-day leader and reeled off birdies on the first three holes to take the lead and never looked back. Those first three holes were critical to Soderberg’s success as he was 7-under par on holes 1-3 for the event.

Overall, Soderberg has now played in 32 collegiate events, posting five top 5’s, 7 top 10’s and 14 top 20’s. He entered the event with five career rounds in the 60’s and now has eighth, while posting 29 rounds of par or better.

Coastal Carolina will return to action March 31-April 1 at the annual Administaff Invitational, hosted by two-time defending NCAA Champion Augusta State at Forest Hills Golf Club. This will mark the final tournament for Coastal before heading to the Big South Championships, April 16-18.

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