Men's Golf Heads To SoCon Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's golf team travels to Daniel Island, S.C., this weekend for the 77th annual Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship on the Ralston Creek Course. The 54-hole, three-day event will consist of 18 holes each day Sunday through Tuesday with live scoring available via www.golfstat.com. The Ralston Creek Course will play at a par 72 for the 7,446-yard course that has hosted events such as the 2011 Nationwide Tour Championship.
Freshman Taylor Coalson (Dobson, N.C./North Surry) leads the Spartans into the tournament with a team-low 74.39 stroke average, which ranks 21st in the SoCon and is the lowest average of any freshman in the conference. He has posted three top-10 finishes this year, including two in his final four events of the season. He posted a fourth-place finish at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate while also placing sixth at the Bancorp South Intercollegiate with three straight rounds under par for a career-best 5-under par 211 (71-71-69).
Senior Robert Hoadley (Union Pines, N.C./Southern Pines) is second on the team with a 75.57 stroke average. He enters the tournament after posting his two best finishes of the year with a 27th place showing at the Bancorp South Intercollegiate and a 29th place finish at the Gary Koch Invitational. During his freshman year, Hoadley finished in 15th place at the 2010 SoCon Championships with a 3-over par 219.
Sophomores Roy Dixon (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) and Alex Ehlert (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) rank third and fourth on the team in stroke average at 76.43 and 76.60, respectively. Freshman Luke Haithcock (Burlington, N.C./Williams) rounds out the Spartans in the lineup at the SoCon Tournament with a 76.96 stroke average in 24 rounds this year.
Chattanooga is the defending SoCon Champion after posting a 19-stroke victory last season, finishing with the only sub-par score at 3-under 861 while 2011 champion Georgia Southern finished second. Chattanooga's Stephan Jaeger won the individual title last season with a 9-under par 207. The winner of the SoCon Championship will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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