CSU set to host East Bay Deli Classic Sunday-Tuesday

CSU set to host East Bay Deli Classic Sunday-Tuesday

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern plays host to a 21-team field this Sunday through Tuesday at the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah Island. The 54-hole tournament begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at the resort's Turtle Point Golf Club.

CSU Lineup: Brandon McBride, Connor Moore, Alan Smith, Brandon Smith and Elliot Gothe

*Johnny Komara, Derrick Villarreal and Parker Jones will play as individuals

Field (21 Teams): Appalachian State, Augusta, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Florida Atlantic, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Hampton, High Point, Jacksonville State, Loyola Maryland, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Presbyterian, Radford, Tennessee Tech, Troy, USC Upstate, Western Carolina, William & Mary, Winthrop

Course: Turtle Point Golf Club – Kiawah Island, S.C. – Par 72 – 6,911 yards

Live Scoring: www.Golfstat.com

Tee Times: Sunday's First Round – 7:30 a.m. off. No.'s 1 & 10

Monday's Second Round – 7:30 a.m. off No.'s 1 & 10

Tuesday's Final Round – 9 a.m. Shotgun Start

CSU's fifth and final fall event gives the Bucs a chance to compete against four other Big South Conference programs and local rival College of Charleston. Art Griffin, now a student assistant to CSU head coach Jason Payne, captured medalist honors at last year's East Bay Deli Classic.

A new-look CSU team has shown glimpses of its potential throughout the fall, and Payne is hopeful his squad can end on a high note as they go into the winter.

"It's a good opportunity for us to host an event out at Kiawah," Payne said. "We've had some good rounds this fall but just haven't had enough consistency to really contend at the top of the leaderboard. Hopefully, we can do that this week and make a move."

The Bucs come off a fifth-place finish at the Camden Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago. Junior Parker Jones was CSU's top individual finisher for the second straight event, placing in a tie for 15th. Jones will play as an individual this week, along with Johnny Komara and Derrick Villarreal.

Brandon Smith and Connor Moore have been two of CSU's other top performers this fall. Smith recorded top-10's in each of his first two events, and was named Big South Golfer of the Week after tying for third at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate. Moore, in his first full season as a Buc, has been one of CSU's more consistent players. His best finish to date was a T-14th effort at the Hummingbird.

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