Mercer University has raced out to an early eight-stroke lead in the men’s competition at True Blue Golf Club, while Campbell University is five shots clear of the field in the women’s division at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club after first-round play of the 2021 Golfweek Fall Challenge.
Thirty-eight NCAA Division I collegiate golf teams have descended upon the Grand Strand this week to compete in a 54-hole event hosted by the South Strand’s elite Mike Strantz designs. Nine colleges and universities are represented by teams in both the men’s and women’s divisions: Jacksonville State, Delaware, Wofford, Tennessee Tech, Campbell, USC Upstate, Presbyterian, Stephen F. Austin and Gardner-Webb.
The men’s competition includes three first-time participants (Temple, Drexel and LaSalle) joining the aforementioned schools and Mercer, California Baptist, New Orleans, Kennesaw State, St. Thomas (MN) and Evansville. The women’s division also includes Lipscomb, Stetson, Central Arkansas, East Carolina, Elon, UNC-Greensboro, Bowling Green, Winthrop, Morehead State, Appalachian State and Illinois-Chicago.
The public is welcome to attend, with Monday’s Round 2 tee times set to begin at 7:45 a.m. for the men’s competition at True Blue and 7:50 a.m. for the women’s field at Caledonia.