Coastal Carolina Women’s Golf held off a final-round rally by Incarnate Word, and Charleston Southern Men’s Golf edged Big South Conference rival Gardner-Webb in capturing team titles Wednesday at the 2022 Golfweek/AGT Intercollegiate at True Blue Golf Club.
Tiffany Arafi (-4 for the tournament) led Coastal Carolina with a 2-under final round performance that earned her a T1 finish in the individual competition alongside Incarnate Word’s Ellen Nicholas, whose 5-under 67 was the day’s lowest round in the women’s competition. Coastal’s Jenjira Jinangkul chipped in with a final-round 72, helping the Chanticleers (+7) finish four shots clear of Incarnate Word as SMU (+23) rounded out the top three teams.
Charleston Southern’s Alan Smith (-5) paced a team effort supported by T11 finishes from Ben Carroll and Ethan Willis (+2 each) and a T13 from Griffin Tarver (+3), helping the Buccaneers (-1) survive a strong Gardner-Webb push led by Zack Byers’ T1 showing at 10-under for the competition. Byers’ final-round 68 was surpassed only by Tarver’s 6-under 66 and Marshall’s Tyler Jones, who also finished T1 with a scorching 10-under 62 on Wednesday. North Dakota State (+7) came in third to round out the men’s top three teams.
The 2022 Golfweek/AGT Intercollegiate was contested at one of Mike Strantz’s two Myrtle Beach-area designs rated along with Caledonia Golf & Fish Club by Golfweek as among America’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” The 54-hole competition included six schools (Marshall, North Dakota State, St. Thomas, Ohio, Charleston Southern and Gardner-Webb) competing in both divisions.
High Point, Jacksonville State and Xavier round out the men’s field while Evansville, Coastal Carolina, Incarnate Word, Missouri, SMU, Jacksonville, South Alabama, UNC Greensboro, Morehead State, UNC Asheville and Appalachian State competed in the women’s division.
True Blue and Caledonia have been longstanding host courses of Golfweek collegiate competitions, and are two of four Myrtle Beach-area courses whose layouts provide regular tests to NCAA competitors. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club annually hosts the General Hackler Championship, while TPC Myrtle Beach is a former Hackler Championship venue that most recently hosted the Myrtle Beach Regional of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.