More fun and games from the conference championships. A few quick hits to mull:
- Forget the .500 rule--the Coastal Carolina men, who took a 41-80 record into this week's BIg South Championship have got their NCAA regional berth after winning their fifth straight conference title. The Chanticleers posted the best round of the tournament at The Patriot GC in Ninety-Six, S.C., Tuesday (even-par 288) to defeat Charleston Southern by 16 strokes (10-over 874). Coastal freshman David Dannelly, who has just two top-10 finishes all season, claimed medalist honors with a two-under 214. He's the eighth player in school history to win the Big South individual title.
Meanwhile, don't be surprised if the Chanticleers advance through regionals to the NCAA Championship. Their record doesn't reflect the team's talent.
- The Marquette men won not just their first Big East golf title but the first Big East Conference crown in any sport. The Golden Eagles beat defending champion Louisville by two strokes at Traditions GC in Hebron, Ky. Seemingly out of nowhere, senior Ted Gray claimed medalist honors, his first individual victory, with a five-under 211 total after back-to-back 68s.
"It took almost four total years for me to win an event, but the team victory is even better," Gray said. "It was one of the most nerve-racking rounds I have ever played. But you can't let any of that effect you. I tried to just stick to my game and hit some decent shots, nothing too aggressive. Coach [Tim Grogan] explained to me that I had a good cushion coming in to today."
- Could the Chattanooga men be even more of a sleeper pick than they currently are? The Mocs won the Southern Conference title by eight strokes over Charleston while their top player, Jonathan Hodge, posted the worst scores of the weekend despite finishing just T-14.