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Top women’s college golf teams to play in Briar’s Creek Invitational on Johns Island

March 18, 2017 GMT

Some of the top women’s college golf programs will be in the area this week for the fifth annual Briar’s Creek Invitational that will be contested Monday and Tuesday at the Rees Jones-designed course on Johns Island.

The field will include host College of Charleston and Charleston Southern along with 11 teams ranked in the top 25. Florida is the two-time defending champion. The event is open to the public with golfers playing 36 holes Monday following an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start. Tuesday’s 18-hole final round also will feature an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start.

“We have an amazing lineup of colleges. It’s become one of the premier events for women’s college golf, just a strong, strong field,” said Briar’s Creek director of golf Eve Lux Vanderweele, a member of the College of Charleston’s athletic hall of fame.

In addition to the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and Florida, the field also includes: Auburn, Boston College, Campbell, East Carolina, Illinois, Kansas, Long Beach State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

“The teams that have been here say this tournament has the best greens and the best food in college golf,” said College of Charleston coach Jamie Futrell.

Futrell’s team is coming off a second-place finish at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic and a sixth-place finish at the University of North Florida Collegiate.

Charleston Southern, coached by Matt Cram-Smith, finished fifth at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Spring Classic and tied for ninth at North Florida.

Former CSU golfer wins again

Former Charleston Southern golf Olivia Jordan-Higgins won her third Symetra Tour tournament at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic played in Winter Haven, Fla., beating China’s Yu Liu and Christine Song of California by one shot. Jordan-Higgins shot 66-70-70—206 and won $!8,750. Her previous wins came in 2013 and 2014.

“It feels really good,” Jordan-Higgins said after the tournament. “I don’t think I can really put into words how it feels yet. This has been 18 months’ work all put together. I couldn’t ask for a better start right now.”

Jordan-Higgins grew up on the island of Jersey, just off the coast of France and south of England. She graduated from Charleston Southern in 2010 with a degree in kinesiology.

NEEDTOBREATHE tournament

Celebrities from the sports and entertainment world will join the band NEEDTOBREATHE on March 27 for the fifth annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic at Daniel Island Club’s Beresford Creek and Ralston Creek courses. A concert and after-party also is scheduled.

Proceeds from the event benefit Charleston-based One World Health, an organization that delivers quality, low-cost health care in the developing world.

In addition to band members Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Josh Lovelace, other musicians include Hootie & the Blowfish founding member Mark Bryan, Mat Kearney, Mac Powell, David Nail and Ben Rector. Pro golfer Russell Henley and retired NBA star Rick Barry will be joined by football stars Tajh Boyd, Adam Humphries, Sterling Sharpe and Ryan Succop.

Golfers can select from an individual golfer option, a standard foursome experience or a celebrity foursome experience. To register or for more information, visit www.commonwealthcares.org.