General James Hackler Collegiate Championship
Final preparations are in place to welcome 15 of the nation’s top NCAA Division I Men’s Golf teams to The Dunes Golf & Beach Club for the 2018 General James Hackler Championship on March 10-11.
Presented by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the annual competition is hosted by Coastal Carolina University and this year includes a loaded field comprised of eight of the nation’s top 40 men’s collegiate teams and numerous top individual performers. Texas A&M, ranked 3rd in the current Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s College Golf Rankings, is joined by LSU (9th), Georgia Tech (11th), North Florida (27th), Kent State (28th), South Carolina (31st), North Carolina State (35th) and Kentucky (40th).
All but one of the Hackler Championship’s competing schools are among Golfweek/Sagarin’s top 100 teams. Joining the aforementioned squads in this category are Liberty (52), Virginia (60), East Carolina (74), East Tennessee State (82), Coastal Carolina (91) and Virginia Tech (100). Princeton (153) rounds out the field.
Among the top players in this year’s field are Texas A&M junior Chandler Phillips, ranked 23rd by Golfstat among all NCAA Men’s Division I golfers and currently on The Fred Haskins Award Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer (past winners have included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald). Texas A&M boasts additional elite players in sophomore Dan Erickson (Golfstat #30), senior Andrew Paysse (52) and sophomore Josh Gliege (68).
Other star performers among participating schools are North Florida junior Phillip Knowles (14); North Carolina State sophomore Stephen Franken (17); LSU junior Luis Gagne (40); Georgia Tech freshman Noah Norton (63) and sophomores Tyler Strafaci (65) and Luke Schniederjans (77); South Carolina senior Scott Stevens (69); Kentucky junior Lukas Euler (82); and Kent State senior Ian Holt (87).
The Hackler Championship has served as an important part of the collegiate springboard for advancing the careers of current PGA Tour stars Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt), Bill Haas (Wake Forest) and Patrick Reed (Augusta State), among many. But most prominent among these players is the current world #1, Dustin Johnson, who competed in the Hackler Championship during his stellar NCAA career at Coastal Carolina.
The public is welcome to attend this exciting competition. Click here to find out more information about this event, including live scoring updates and access to details about each competing school.