Spring preview 2018: Southern Conference

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Spring preview 2018: Southern Conference

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Spring preview 2018: Southern Conference

As the college golf season gets ready to resume, Golfweek will preview each automatic-qualifier conference in Division I, offering picks to win, midseason All-Conference teams and more.

All of our conference previews will reside here.

Next up: Southern Conference

Men

Conference championship: April 22-24, Pinehurst (No. 9) N.C.

Defending champion: East Tennessee State

Team rankings: East Tennessee State (91), Chattanooga (98), North Carolina-Greensboro (116), Mercer (168), Furman (170), Samford (195), Western Carolina (220), Wofford (232)

Midseason All-Conference team: Luke Long, Chattanooga (191); Bryce Hendrix, North-Carolina Greensboro (350); Shiso Go, East Tennessee State (389); Nick Lyerly, North Carolina-Greensboro (418); Jack Rhea, East Tennessee State (428)

What to expect: The Buccaneers are looking to make it four in a row this spring. It seemed like their reign might end in 2017 when East Tennessee State was behind North Carolina-Greensboro and Chattanooga in the rankings to start the spring. But the Bucs kept pushing forward. From the poll position to start this spring, it seems logical to think they’ll continue carrying on as the conference leaders.

Pick to win: East Tennessee State

Women

Conference championship: April 15-17, Moss Creek, Hilton Head, S.C.

Defending champion: Furman

Team rankings: Furman (7), Chattanooga (75), East Tennessee State (83), North Carolina-Greensboro (114), Samford (188), Wofford (192), Western Carolina (244), The Citadel (256)

Midseason All-Conference team: Natalie Srinivasan, Furman (19); Haylee Harford, Furman (43); Loy Hee Ying, East Tennessee State (52); Reona Hirai, Furman (102); Alice Chen, Furman (103)

What to expect: We have another team going for a four-peat. That would be Furman, a top-10 team in the country in a conference where nobody else is in the top 70. The Paladins have four of the five top-ranked players in the conference, too. This one’s a no-brainer.

Pick to win: Furman

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