Golf: USC leads at Hackler; CCU women finish second

ccuwgolf-Augusta Invitational RUNNER UPThe first day – second round – of the 2016 General Hackler Championship, presented by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and played at the 7,233-yard par 72 Dunes Golf and Beach Club, was suspended due to darkness.

However, only two groups with two holes remaining was all that kept the 36-hole day one from being completed. The three teams left on the course were #43 North Carolina State, Charlotte and Iowa State. Those two groups will close out their second round Sunday morning and the event will conclude with 18 final holes immediately afterwards.

South Carolina, ranked 19th nationally, owns a three-stroke lead after two rounds, posting a 16-under par 560 (281-279). Virginia, ranked 24th, is second (287-276=563). NC State is currently in third, five strokes behind Virginia but three strokes ahead of fourth-place and 32nd-ranked Texas A&M (283-288=571). The field also includes #32 Texas A&M, #16 North Carolina, #30 North Florida, #49 Charleston Southern and #44 East Carolina.

Host Coastal Carolina is in 13th place in the 15-team field. The Chanticleers shot a 303 in the morning session but rallied to card a 293 in the afternoon for a 36-hole total of 586.

Virginia’s Jimmy Stanger leads the individuals, shooting 70-66 for an 8-under par 136.

For Coastal Carolina, junior Alfredo Ruiz shot a 75 in the morning, with four bogeys and a birdie. In the afternoon, he was 2-under through 11 holes, thanks to nine pars and two birdies. He suffered a bogey on the par 3 12th, but finished his round with six pars for a 1-under 71. With his solid second round, Ruiz jumped 15 spots into a tie for 35th with a 36-hole score of 146.

Ryan Carpenter was two strokes off the pace of Ruiz and is tied for 42nd (75-73=148). Carpenter, like Ruiz, had four bogeys and a birdie in the opening round. He then had 12 pars, three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in the afternoon for a 1-over 73, which propelled the junior eight spots up the leaderboard.

Thadd Obecny II posted an opening-round 76 but turned in a 1-over 73, thanks to three bogeys and two birdies, in round two to move up seven spots into a tie for 51st with a score of 149.

Luis Ruiz (78-76) and Olle Widegren (77-77) each carded a 36-hole total of 154 to tie for 66th.

Chanticleers playing as individuals include Daniel Overas (77-75=152; 61st-tie), Harrison Frye (78-77=155; 70th=tie) and Josh Pisarri (81-75=156; 75th-tie).

Augusta Invitational

Coastal Carolina women’s golf entered the second day of the 3M Augusta Invitational 10th on the team leaderboard, but played the last two rounds of the 54-hole tournament a combined 7-under par to finish as the runner-up in the 16-team field, contested at the par-72, 6,246-yard Forest Hills Golf Club.

Host Augusta, ranked 42nd by Golfstat, won the event with a 3-under three-round score of 861 (298-283-280). The Chanticleers tallied a 7-over 871 score (302-283-286), finishing ahead of No. 33 Furman (290-292-293=875). East Tennessee State (878) placed fourth followed by No. 35 East Carolina (887), No. 17 Florida State (889) and No. 21 Texas A&M (896).

On the individual leaderboard, Coastal’s Malene Krolboll Hansen and Lena Schaeffner both shot 4-under 212 scores to finish in a four-way tie for runner-up honors. East Carolina’s F. Gustafsson Spang was the medalist with her 5-under 211 total.

Three Chanticleers – Bailey Cocca, Schaeffner and Hansen – shot rounds in the 60s during round two in leading the Chants into the event’s top four. As a team, Coastal posted a 5-under 283 during the second round as Cocca tied for the fifth-lowest round in CCU history with a career-best 67. Schaeffner and Hansen shot matching rounds of 69.

Coastal’s third and final round also started well as the Chants briefly jumped to the top of the tournament leaderboard before settling into the second-place slot. The Chants went on to conclude the round 2-under with a 286.

The Chants’ second-round 283 ranks as the fifth-best round in program history, while the third-round 286 is tied for ninth-best.

Schaeffner carded round of 73-69-70 for her 4-under 212 score, while Hansen turned in rounds of 74-69-69. The top-five finish was the 12 of Schaeffner’s career, while Hansen counted her fourth. Schaeffner, a senior, rolled in seven birdie putts on Saturday and 11 for the tournament. Both of Hansen’s Saturday round featured five birdies as she tied for fourth in the field with 13 total birdies and led the tournament in par-4 scoring, playing the holes a combined 6-under.

Cocca tied for 17th in the 89-competitor field, posting a 2-over 221 (79-67-75). She rebounded from her opening-round 79, turning in the best round of her career with a 67. The spectacular round featured eight birdies, including five straight on holes five through nine.

Marie Lunackova shot round of 76-79-73=228 to tie for 40th overall. Her day consisted of three birdies and 23 pars. She started the day with a 79, but shaved six strokes off to close the tournament with a 73.

Barbora Bakova (79-78-74=231) tied for 53rd overall. She sank two birdie putts during her final round. Bakova concluded the event with three birdies and team-best 35 pars.

The Chans return to action March 21-23 at the annual Briar’s Creek Invitational, hosted by College of Charleston at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek in Johns Island.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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