The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is set to host one of the nation’s premier collegiate competitions early next week, with free admission offered to all attending spectators along with a unique opportunity to see many of golf’s future professional stars in action.
Hosted for the fifth time at The Dunes Club by Coastal Carolina University, the 2019 General James Hackler Championship is set for March 10-12 with a 54-hole competition that includes five of the nation’s top 25 teams including Wake Forest (6th), University of Georgia (17th), University of North Florida (18th), Texas A&M (23rd) and Liberty (25th). Nearby East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Kent State, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of North Texas, University of Northern Illinois and host Coastal Carolina round out an elite field.
Individually, the field includes the nation’s top-ranked freshman and 7th in all of collegiate golf in Georgia’s Trent Phillips, along with junior Eric Bae and sophomore Kengo Aoshima, both of Wake Forest, ranked 18th and 54th, respectively. Texas A&M’s Chandler Phillips, ranked 7th collegiately and one of the world’s top 10 amateurs, is also expected to play in the championship.
“This is the premiere event in Myrtle Beach each year in terms of talent and I love having that showcased,” said Coastal Carolina Head Golf Coach James Garren. Garren further noted that last year’s Hackler Championship featured three of the six top-seeded schools in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, in addition to four players who went on to qualify for the 2018 U.S. Open (two of whom made the cut).
“The number of guys on the PGA TOUR who have played in the Hackler the last few years is amazing,” Garren said. Past participants include former Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Dustin Johnson, the current No. 1-ranked player in the world, as well as Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, and 2003 Hackler Champion Brendon De Jonge.
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