Two-time defending champion Alabama, featuring former Hilton Head Island resident Stephanie Meadow and 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Emma Talley, will return to Long Cove Club on March 7-9 for the third annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, hosted by the University of South Carolina.
This is the third of a five-year commitment from Rucker, USC and Long Cove Club. Rucker again will kick off the event with a concert at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The concert will be a private event for players, coaches, sponsors and Long Cove Club residents.
"This has become a signature event on the women's collegiate schedule," tournament co-chairman Rick Killmar said in a release. "The membership of Long Cove Club is thrilled to once again play host to these top collegiate teams. And top teams they are!"
In fact, 13 of the 17 participating teams are ranked in GolfWeek's top 30.
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Joining No. 14 South Carolina are No. 10 Alabama, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 29 Auburn, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 3 Duke, Furman, No. 22 Louisiana State, Georgia, No. 17 Kentucky, No. 28 North Carolina, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 5 Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia, No. 15 Vanderbilt and No. 27 Wake Forest.
Some of the top individual players in women's college golf will be teeing it up this year.
Meadow is ranked No. 2 in the nation by GolfWeek and is the 2012 British Amateur champion, while teammate Talley is ranked 27th.
Also returning will be the defending individual champion, Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, ranked 21st. And there will be three other golfers from the top 10: No. 5 Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford, No. 6 Yu Huan Liu of Duke and No. 8 Julie Yang of Oklahoma State.
Long Cove Club is known for its Pete Dye course, one of Golf Digest's Top 100 Golf Courses for more than 30 years and the 15th best residential course in Golf Week's 2014 Best Residential Golf Course Rankings.
Spectators are welcome, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.