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
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.
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
|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
designed layout that plays as a 6,243 yard par-
71 track. The championship level course offers
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
|Leona Maguire (Jr.)
|Katelyn Dambaugh (Sr.)
||South Carolina|| |
|Lauren Stephenson (So.)
||South Carolina|| |
|Cheyenne Knight (So.)
|Bailey Tardy (Fr.)
|Harang Lee (Jr.) ||Georgia||
|Alana Uriell (Jr.) ||Arkansas||
|Taylor Totland (Sr.)
|Amy Lee (Jr.) ||Baylor||
|Haylee Harford (So.)
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.