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Men's Golf Captures No. 3 Seed

April 17, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The men's golf team earned the No. 3 seed in next week's Big South Championship.

The men's golf team earned the No. 3 seed in next week's Big South Championship.

The Liberty golf team has captured the No. 3 seed in next week's Big South Men's Golf Championship, which will be hosted by Charleston Southern at the Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor in Ninety-Six, S.C.

Coastal Carolina, which has won the last four Big South Men's Golf Championships, received the No. 1 seed based on its current Golfweek national ranking of 64, the highest among the six Big South men's golf programs.

Radford is ranked 134th in the nation by Golfweek and received the No. 2 seed. Liberty is the No. 3 seed with its ranking of 160, while Charleston Southern will be the No. 4 seed based on its No. 171 ranking. Winthrop, last year's runner-up to Coastal Carolina, is ranked No. 173 nationally and is the fifth seed, followed by High Point at No. 6 with its ranking of 225. In addition, future Big South member Presbyterian will participate in the event, but will not officially count in the overall team and individual standings.

The Patriot Club is hosting the Big South Men's Golf Championship for the third time in four years, as the course hosted the event in 2005 and 2006. Liberty's Parker McKoy, as sophomore, placed second in 2006, the last time the course hosted the Big South Golf Championship. The 2008 Big South Men's Golf Championship begins this weekend with a practice round on Sunday. The two-day, 54-hole event will feature a 36-hole first day on Monday, followed by an 18-hole final round on Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public, and the 2008 champion will receive the Big South's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. The conference championship schedule is as follows:

Date                           Time (ET)                            Event
Sunday, April 20            1 p.m.                               Practice Round
Monday, April 21            8 a.m.                               First and Second Rounds (36 holes)
                                    8:30-9:06 a.m.                  #6 High Point, Presbyterian 
                                    8-8:36 a.m.                       #4 Charleston Southern, #5 Winthrop
                                    8:45-9:21 a.m.                  #1 Coastal Carolina, #2 Radford, #3 Liberty
Tuesday, April 22           8 a.m.                               Final Round

Meanwhile, the annual Big South Men's Golf Awards Banquet will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Patriot Golf Club. The 2008 annual award winners and half of the all-conference team will be announced at that time, while the remaining all-conference performers will be determined by their finish in the conference championship.