Men’s golf gears up to host Hackler Championship

CONWAY, South Carolina – The Coastal Carolina University men’s golf team will host the General Hackler Championship on Sunday and Monday, March 13-14 at Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The two-day event consists of the first two rounds played on Sunday, with the final 18 holes finishing play Monday on the par-72, 7,233-yard course.

The event always hosts some of the best programs in the country and this year is no different as 10 of the 15 teams making the trip are ranked among the top 50 teams in the country. Leading that group is 11-time NCAA national champion Oklahoma State, which is the nation’s second-highest team.

Other teams ranked in the top 50 in the field include Auburn (#18), Louisville (#33), NC State (#34), East Tennessee State (#35), North Florida (#36) , South Carolina (#38), Liberty (#39), Kent State (#46) and Virginia (#47).

Participating teams are East Carolina, UNCG, UCF and Penn State.

Not only do the top ranked teams come to Myrtle Beach, but also the top ranked golfers. Defending champion Hackler Nick Gabrelicik of North Florida returns to defend his championship and is the No. 4 ranked collegiate golfer.

Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Lopez Chacarra is currently ranked No. 5, while teammate Bo Jin is ranked No. 21. South Carolina’s Ryan Hall is currently ranked No. 23.

The PGA Tour takes the top 15 senior graduates and awards them development tour status and the top five on that tour earn their Korn Ferry Tour card. Lopez Chacarra is currently ranked No. 3 on the PGA Tour, while Hall is ranked No. 10.

The head coach Jim Garren established its programming for the General Hackler with Tyler Gray, Seth Taylor, Garrett Cooper, Connor Newtonand Trey Crenshaw. Trace McDonald and Victor Olund will participate in the event as individuals.

Live stats are available at Golfstat.com. A link to the live stats page can also be found at www.GoCCUSports.com.

For complete coverage of CCU men’s golf, follow the chants on social media @CoastalMGolf (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram) or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at goccusports.com.

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