Golf Digest proclaims CCU its March Madness bracket champion

ablondin@thesunnews.comMarch 20, 2014 

Golf Digest had writer Luke Kerr-Dineen utilize a seldom-used formula to fill out an NCAA March Madness bracket, and it produced Coastal Carolina as the national champion.

What was the unique formula?

Kerr-Dineen wrote that by carefully balancing the magazine’s various rankings and the general opinions of those around the magazine office, Golf Digest generated the bracket based solely on the quality of golf around the competing schools.

It factored in students’ potential access to good public courses, golf weather and a few other factors.

A No. 16 seed has never topped a No. 1 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament, but CCU easily topped Virginia in the opening round of the golf bracket. The Chants dispatched of Stanford and what the magazine calls the U.S.’s third-best golf city, Cincinnati, en route to the final.

The Chants faced the University of Texas in the championship game. Though Texas has nice weather and good surrounding courses, Kerr-Dineen wrote: “golf is synonymous with the Coastal Carolina culture. With one five- and 27 4.5-star public courses all within 50 miles of the university, and the school itself offering a PGA Golf Management program, it’s the clear winner.”

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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