GREENVILLE, N.C. -- The Charleston Southern and College of Charleston women's golf teams were selected to participate in the East Regional of the NCAA Division I tournament. Hosted by East Carolina University, the regional will take place May 6-8 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club.
The Buccaneers and Cougars will face their strongest opposition of the season at the regional, which includes Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Washington, Georgia State, Wake Forest, Stetson, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Florida, North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, TCU, Auburn, East Tennessee State, Tulane, Pepperdine, Campbell, Farleigh Dickinson and South Carolina. The field includes four of the top-10 squads in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and 16 of the top 50.
Charleston Southern qualified by winning the Big South tournament, which concluded on April 14 in Ninety-Six. The Buccaneers captured their second conference championship in three seasons and their sixth in school history. Senior Olivia Jordan-Higgins won the individual championship with a tournament-record score of 215 (-1).
Jordan-Higgins, senior Katrin Rumpf and freshman Katelyn Bensch each won All-Big South Conference honors. The award was the fourth for Jordan-Higgins and the second for Rumpf.
--The College of Charleston earned an at-large bid and will be making its fourth trip in five years to an NCAA regional. The Cougars finished ninth at the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic and fourth at the UCF Intercollegiate. Leigh Whittaker and Emily Rapp played in the NCAA tournament last year, with Whittaker tying for 80th and Rapp finishing 98th.
The NCAA finals will be held May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Two undrafted University of South Carolina players signed free agent contracts with NFL teams, the school announced Monday.
Offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jeanpierre, who measured 6-3 1/2 and 301 pounds at the Gamecocks' Pro Timing Day, played both guard and center for the Gamecocks. He made 21 career starts including 10 in the 2009 season.
Safety Darian Stewart agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Rams. Stewart, 5-11 and weighed 211 pounds at the Pro Timing Day, played in 50 games over the past four season, making 36 starts. He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and was invited to the NFL Combine.
In addition, former Carolina offensive lineman Garrett Anderson has a tryout scheduled with the Green Bay Packers. Anderson, a 6-4, 308-pound Irmo native, played in 48 of 51 games over the past four seasons, making 28 starts at center and guard.
--Four Clemson players free agent contracts with NFL teams. All-ACC tight end Michael Palmer signed with the Atlanta Falcons; All-America guard Thomas Austin signed with the Minnesota Vikings; cornerback Chris Chancellor with the Cleveland Browns and defensive end Kevin Alexander with the Denver Broncos. Tennis
The Charleston Southern women lost to Winthrop, 4-0, in the finals of the Big South Championship Saturday in Radford, Va. The result was identical to last season, when the Buccaneers also lost 4-0 in the finals. Winthrop (16-8, 6-1 Big South) came into this year's tournament as the No. 2 seed as CSU (17-4, 7-0 Big South) defeated the Eagles in Rock Hill, 4-3.