NINETY SIX -- Charleston Southern posted the lowest round of the tournament with a team aggregate score of 291 to win the Big South women's golf championship on Wednesday.
The Buccaneers won the team title with a conference championship-record 881 (294-296-291) at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor, breaking the old mark by eight shots. Coastal Carolina, seeded first before the tournament, was second at 904.
CSU won its second title in three years and receives the Big South's automatic berth in the NCAA regionals. Individually, Olivia Jordan-Higgins carded a 2-under 70 for the second time this week to win medalist honors with a conference championship-record 1-under 215 (70-75-70). Placing second was Coastal Carolina's Aruka Felgueroso at 218.
The Bucs placed three players in the top six. Katrin Rumpf was third with a 70-220, followed by Katelyn Bensch tying for sixth-place with a 76-227. Both joined Jordan-Higgins, a two-time Big South medalist runner-up, in earning all-conference honors.
Veteran midfielder Kevin Jackson will return to the Charleston Battery for this season after a four-year break from professional soccer.
Jackson played for the Battery from 2003-05, and was a member of the club's championship winning team. Jackson attended player trials in February and earned a roster spot with a strong preseason.
The Battery also agreed to terms with former College of Charleston midfielder Zach Prince who joins the club for his rookie pro season. Prince, out of Irmo High, was a four-year starter for the Cougars.
Wide receiver K.J. Brent (6-4, 180) of Waxhaw, N.C., became South Carolina's first football commitment for the 2011 recruiting class when he made a pledge to his recruiter Jay Graham. Brent narrowed his decision to USC and North Carolina, according to his coach, Scott Chadwick.
Brent also has offers from Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, East Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Coastal Carolina (20-21, 2-4) posted a 5-3 win at Charleston Southern (21-22-1, 5-7) in the last of three regular season games between the Big South rivals. CSU’s Kristin Kelleher had two hits, one a homer.
The College of Charleston (15-3, 9-0) men's tennis team will face an undefeated Furman (11-9, 7-0) in a battle that will help determine the Southern Conference regular season champion at 2 p.m. today in Greenville. The Paladins are the two-time defending SoCon champions and have won three of the last four regular season titles.