March 1, 2018
No. 8 Women's Golf at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C, -- No. 8 South Carolina women’s golf is set to host the seventh annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate this weekend on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The 54-hole event at Long Cove Club will take place March 2-4 and feature an 18-team field.
FROM THE COACH
“We’re proud to be part of such a prestigious event. Long Cove Club and Darius Rucker do an amazing job – we’re happy to have South Carolina attached to the event. It is special, and it’s grown bigger and bigger every year. The course is in incredible condition – it couldn’t be better. We’re looking forward to a fun weekend.” – South Carolina women’s golf coach Kalen Anderson
HISTORY AT THE DARIUS RUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE
The host Gamecocks have earned a top-five finish at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in three of the last four years. Carolina grabbed its best showing at the event in 2017 behind strong weekends from Ainhoa Olarra and Ana Pelaez. Both Gamecocks tied for ninth last year, while Marion Veysseyre shared 14th-place honors. Olarra has finished inside the top 30 in each of her previous three appearances at the tournament.
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD
The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate will again feature a highly-competitive field, as six of Golfstat’s top-10 teams are set to compete in the event. Nine top-25 squads in total will be in action, including sixth-ranked and 2017 NCAA Champions Arizona State. The No. 8 Gamecocks and five other participants enter the event with a tournament win this season, while No. 2 Alabama and No. 5 Duke mark the two schools in the field to have won the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
LAST TIME OUT
The Gamecocks claimed a wire-to-wire victory at the 2018 Florida State Match-Up after finishing atop the leaderboard with a 54-hole mark of 848 (-16). Carolina senior standout Ainhoa Olarra totaled a 10-under 206 en route to her first career individual title, while sophomore Lois Kaye Go (T10, -2) earned her first top-10 showing for the Gamecocks.
• South Carolina enters its 11th season under head coach Kalen Anderson, who has guided the Gamecocks to 10 tournament victories.
• Carolina is one of four schools to reach the NCAA Championship in each of the last eight years, and last spring marked its 17th overall appearance.
• The Gamecocks won the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional title to earn their third-straight regional championship this past spring.
• Carolina has boasted multiple All-Americans in each of the last four seasons. Eight of the program’s 10 All-Americans have played under Anderson.
• The Gamecocks entered the spring ranked inside the top 15 by Golfstat for the third time in the last five years.
• Eight of Carolina’s 11 tournament victories during Anderson’s tenure have come in the spring.
• South Carolina’s 3.05 par-3 scoring average (3rd), 4.08 par-4 average (4th) and 4.82 par-5 average (5th) all rank in the top five in NCAA Division I.
• Ainhoa Olarra has placed inside the top 25 in 11 of her last 12 events dating back to the start of 2017. The senior sports seven top-10 showings over that time.
• Olarra (23) and sophomore Ana Pelaez (33) are both currently ranked inside the top 40 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
UP NEXT FOR THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina returns to action later in March at the 2018 Evans-Derby Experience in Auburn, Ala. The 54-hole event, which takes place March 18-20, will be contested at the Auburn University Club.
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