Coastal Carolina men’s golf will once again play a daunting schedule in 2019-20 as well as host one of the premier events – the 19th annual General Hackler Championship presented by PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com, head coach Jim Garren announced recently. The Chanticleers are slated to play 11 tournaments against some of the nation’s top competition across seven different states as well as in Puerto Rico this season.
Highlighting the schedule once again this year is the General Hackler Championship, which will be held March 9-10 at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club for the sixth-straight year. Of the 14 teams committed to play in this year’s home event, five played in the 2019 NCAA Championship (Wake Forest, South Carolina, Liberty, Louisville and North Florida) while NC State and a number of individuals from Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Kansas State, and Wisconsin also competed at the 2019 NCAA Regionals.
“I’m excited to announce our 2019-20 schedule. Once again, we are going to go all over the country and play against teams from all over the United States. We’ve got some amazing golf courses lined up and from a strength of schedule standpoint we are going to be challenged,” stated Garren. “Our goal at Coastal is to play anyone, anywhere, at any time and that’s why guys come here to play. We are going to play the best teams on the best golf courses regardless of location. We are playing in five different time zones and on several different types of grasses.”
“I think that we’ve done a nice job of mixing in some new events while keeping intact the core of our traditional schedule,” Garren continued. “The Badger Invitational, the Saint Mary’s Invitational at Poppy Hills, the TPC Dorado Beach Collegiate in Puerto Rico, the Wofford Invitational and the Stitch Intercollegiate will all be first time stops since we have gotten here. The season is almost here and we are ready to get started.”
The team’s fall schedule will feature four nationally-touted events in four different states starting with the Badger Invitational hosted by Wisconsin at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. from Sept. 8-10.
After almost two weeks off, the Chants will return to competition at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate hosted by New Mexico at The Championship Course at UNM on Sept. 27-28. At last year’s Tucker Intercollegiate, Coastal Carolina finished ninth out of 17 teams.
For the eighth-straight year, the Chants will play in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate hosted by ETSU at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn. on Oct. 11-13, a tournament in which the Chants have finished in the top six each of the last two years.
Coastal will then wrap up its fall slate with a cross-country trip to Poppy Hills Golf Club in Pebble Beach, Calif. for the Saint Mary’s Invitational on Nov. 4-6.
The spring portion of the schedule will be more familiar and just as competitive with tournaments taking place in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
For the third-straight season, the Chants will start the spring at the annual Florida Gators Invitational on Feb. 15-16. Coastal placed 12th overall in 2018 but improved three spots to finish ninth in last year’s event hosted by Florida at the Mark Bostick Golf Club in Gainesville, Fla.
Two weeks later, coach Garren and his squad will head to Puerto Rico to compete in the TPC Dorado Beach Collegiate hosted by UNC Greensboro at the Sugarcane Course at TPC Dorado Beach from Feb. 23-25.
Following the General Hackler Championship at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club on March 9-10, the Chants will return to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. for the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational hosted by North Florida on March 29-30. This year’s tournament will mark the 10th-straight season in which the Chants have played in The Hayt event.
Coastal will then open up the month of April at the Wofford Invitational held at the Country Club of Spartanburg on April 6-7, before heading to Cary, N.C. to take part in the Stitch Intercollegiate hosted by NC State on April 10-11 at the MacGregor Downs Country Club.
The 2020 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship has not been set yet, but will once again include three rounds of team stroke play followed by two rounds of match play among the top-four finishers on the team leaderboard.
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