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Coastal Carolina women’s golf team left out of NCAA tournament

Coastal Carolina's Lena Schaeffner hits a drive on the final hole of the Big South Conference tournament earlier this month at DeBordieu Club. The senior’s career at CCU has come to an end.
Coastal Carolina's Lena Schaeffner hits a drive on the final hole of the Big South Conference tournament earlier this month at DeBordieu Club. The senior’s career at CCU has come to an end. For The Sun News

The Coastal Carolina women’s golf team’s 2015-16 season came to a disappointing end Monday when the Chants and team members were not among the 72 teams and 24 individuals selected to the four regionals of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships by the event’s championship committee.

According to Golfweek’s Sagarin Rankings, the CCU women are ranked 56th in the nation and are 119-47-2 overall, 41-45-2 against the top 100, 10-29 against the top 50 and 4-10 against the top 25 teams in the country. The Chants’ 296.3 scoring average is the second best in program history.

“We were close on the rankings but our scoring average and win-loss record should have put us in,” CCU women’s golf coach Katie Quinney said. “I just feel awful my seniors have to finish like this.”

Lena Schaeffner of Germany, Marissa Hinchman of California and Bailey Cocca of New York were all seniors this year. Schaeffner won the 2015 Big South Conference individual title and finished second in a regional to become the first player in program history to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual.

The Chants won the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic hosted by College of Charleston and recorded top-seven finishes in seven of 10 events this season, but finished second by 10 strokes to No. 53 Campbell in the Big South Championship earlier this month at DeBordieu Club with an automatic NCAA berth on the line.

“This is just a really good example of needing the .500 rule in our sport,” Quinney said. For the past several years in men’s collegiate golf, teams have only been eligible to receive an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships if they have a winning record. The women don’t have that rule.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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