No. 4 Gamecocks Open Spring in Bahamas on Monday
South Carolina Athletics
Carolina competing amongst eight top-25 programs this week at Albany's Championship Golf Course
NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas – No. 4 South Carolina opens the spring portion of its season on Monday at the Nexus Collegiate. The Gamecocks will be led by First Team All-American Hannah Darling, the No. 2 ranked player in Golfstat entering the championship portion of the schedule. In the fall, Darling finished in the top-10 in all four of the team’s events against some of the best fields in the country. She shot par or better eight times and pace the team with a 70.42 scoring average.
She’s joined in the lineup this week by senior Mathilde Claisse, sophomore Louise Rydqvist – another All-American, graduate transfer Katherine Muzi and promising freshman Mia Sandtorv Lussand. Claisse had a solid fall campaign as well, finishing in the top-20 in all four events with a pair of top-10s. Her 72.58 scoring average is second on the team behind only Darling.
Senior Justine Fournand will compete as an individual. Her 72.67 scoring average entering the spring is third on the team.
To surprise, it’s a loaded field per usual that the Gamecocks will be facing this week at Albany’s Championship Golf Course, which host Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge every December on the PGA TOUR. Eight of the ten teams in the field this week are ranked in the top-25 of the latest Golfstat Team Rankings.
Carolina will be paired with No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 33 TCU for the opening round. The Gamecocks will tee off on the backside of the course. Muzi is first off at 7:45 a.m. (ET).
2023 Nexus Collegiate Gamecock Lineup
1. Louise Rydqvist
2. Mathilde Claisse
3. Hannah Darling
4. Katherine Muzi
5. Mia Sandtorv Lussand
IND. Justine Fournand
2023 Nexus Collegiate Tournament Field
- No. 13 Arizona State
- No. 16 Auburn
- No. 19 Duke
- No. 9 LSU
- No. 20 Oklahoma State
- No. 11 Ole Miss
- No. 4 South Carolina
- No. 33 TCU
- No. 2 Wake Forest