April 26, 2014
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OKATIE, S.C. - The 2014 BIG EAST Conference Men’s Golf Championships makes it inaugural trip to Callawassie for the Conference’s 35th league Championship, April 27-30. One round of action will take place each day with individuals teeing off at 8 a.m. each day. The Championship is free and open to the public.
Sunday and Monday’s rounds start on the Island’s Dogwood Course and move to the Magnolia Course for the round’s final nine holes in the round. For Tuesday’s final round, players will start simultaneously on Hole 1 of the Dogwood and Magnolia course.
The team winner of the three-day event will earn the BIG EAST’s automatic berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament field. Should the individual champion not be a member of that team, he will also earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field as an individual.
Marquette is the No. 1 seed at the 2014 BIG EAST Championships and last won the league title in 2008. The Golden Eagles are led by Brandon Cloete and redshirt sophomore CJ Swift, who are the tournament’s No. 4 and No. 5 individual seeds. Cloete boasts a team-best 73.90 stroke average and Swift follows at 74.17.
St. John’s earned the championships’ No. 2 seed and is looking for the program’s first conference title since 1989. Senior Ryan McCormick leads the Red Storm and is the top-seeded player entering the championship averaging a league-best 71.58 strokes average. McCormick boasted a spring-low 64 with medalist honors in two tournaments. St. John’s was last year’s runner-up and McCormick finished sixth at the Reunion Resort and Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
DePaul is the third seed and is led by Moritz Ackerhans. Ackerhans boasts a team best and ranks eighth in the tournament field with his 74.4 stroke average. Ackerhans has a three top-10 finishes on the year and led DePaul to three top five team finishes this season. DePaul is looking for its first BIG EAST Championship finish and finished sixth a year ago.
Xavier, Seton Hall and Georgetown are the tournament's four, five and six seeds, respectively.
Xavier is looking for its first NCAA berth since 2006, the last of a stretch of five bids in six years. Junior Korey Ward has been the top player and is averaging at 73.43 per round. The Musketeers boast two top-five finishes this spring, most recently at the NYX Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., April 12-13.
Seton Hall is led by freshman Lloyd Jefferson Go, who won the league’s last two BIG EAST Men’s Golfer of the Week certificates. Go is averaging 72.71 strokes per round and is followed by JT Harper at 75.42 and Cory Wilson averages 76.13 to round of the Pirates’ top three golfers.
Georgetown is paced by Greg Podufal, who took second at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate in Rochester, N.Y., April 21-22. The Hoyas won BIG EAST crowns in 1998 and 2010.
Butler is the tournament’s seventh seed and is paced by senior Matt Vitale who is averaging 75.55 strokes per round.
Creighton earned the eighth seed and is coming off back-to-back 14th-place finishes to conclude its spring season. Johnny Spellerberg owns a spring-low 68 and is averaging 76 strokes per round.
Villanova rounds out the tournament field and is the ninth seed. The Wildcats last captured the conference’s Championships in 1990 and 1985. Led by junior Ted Brennan and senior Robby Meador the pair are both averaging just over 77 strokes per round.