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Top Teams are Ready for Sixth Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
02 Mar 2017
by Sam Dostaler of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, Long Cove Club

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (March 2, 2017) -- Now in its sixth year the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate has become one of the premiere women's college golf tournaments in the country and this year will be no different. Set to begin on Friday and run until Sunday, the 17 team event features seven teams currently ranked in the Golfstat Top-15.

Headlining the field this weekend at Long Cove Club is the defending champion Alabama and they are once again being led by 2016 medalist winner Cheyenne Knight. Ranked fifth in the country, Alabama won the first two Darius Rucker Intercollegiate's in 2012 and 2013 before reclaiming the top spot again last year.

No. 18 Duke is the only other team to win the title, capturing the event in 2014 and 2015, and they are scheduled to return as well.

Joining the past champions in an NCAA Championship caliber field this weekend are No. 6 Furman, No. 8 Georgia, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Wake Forest, No. 12 Arkansas, host No. 14 South Carolina, No. 16 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Baylor, No. 32 Tennessee, No. 34 North Carolina, No. 40 Auburn, No. 55 Vanderbilt, No. 57 Mississippi State, No. 58 Virginia and No. 68 LSU.

CONFERENCE REPRESENTATION
Conference Programs
Present
SEC 9
ACC 6
Big 12 2
Pac 12 1
Southern Conference 1

Part of what makes the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate one of the premier events of the season is the venue. Long Cove Club is a Pete Dye designed layout that plays as a 6,243 yard par- 71 track. The championship level course offers pristine conditions with perfectly rolling but difficult greens. Each year the course membership supports the event by volunteering for and attending the event.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Name Team
Leona Maguire (Jr.) Duke
Katelyn Dambaugh (Sr.) South Carolina
Lauren Stephenson (So.) South Carolina
Cheyenne Knight (So.) Alabama
Bailey Tardy (Fr.) Georgia
Harang Lee (Jr.) Georgia
Alana Uriell (Jr.) Arkansas
Taylor Totland (Sr.) Furman
Amy Lee (Jr.) Baylor
Haylee Harford (So.) Furman

The tournament also goes the extra mile for the teams throughout the week. On Thursday night Darius Rucker, a South Carolina alumnus, puts on a concert for the teams and throughout the event the teams stay in nearby beach houses.

Play will begin on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the 1st and 10th tees. First round tee times will run continuously until 10:50 a.m.

ABOUT THE Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

54-hole collegiate invitational hosted by the University of South Carolina women's team.

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