C.C. Buford hired as assistant golf coach

C.C. Buford
C.C. Buford

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Former College of Charleston standout C.C. Buford has been named assistant golf coach at Campbell University, head coach John Crooks announced Thursday.  Buford joins the Fighting Camel staff after serving one year as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater.

"C.C. has outstanding credentials," said Crooks, who is entering his 28th year as head men's coach and 27th in charge of the women's program.  "She has a great love for golf, for competition and for excellence.  Her attitude she displayed during the interview process really made her stand out.  C.C.'s goal to help our players improve as much as possible made a significant difference."

Buford helped guide the College of Charleston to a runner-up finish in the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association Championship, while also mentoring senior Laura Fuenfstueck, who finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Championship after earning an individual berth to the Athens, Ga. Regional.

During her playing career, Buford was a member of a pair of CAA title-winning teams in 2014 and 2015 that went on to compete in NCAA Regional play.  She qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club.  Buford was also presented the 2015 J. Steward Walker Cup, which is presented annually to one CofC senior student-athlete based on academic, athletic, volunteer and community service.

"It's a tremendous honor to join a program I admired so much as a player," said Buford.  "The girls playing for Campbell always showed such discipline and poise on the golf course, which reflected in their success. I am humbled to be here and learn under one of the best in our sport in Coach Crooks. This staff has created a winning culture and I'm excited to get to work in our pursuit of championships on the course and success in the classroom."

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Buford's father, R.C., is general manager of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. Her mother, Beth Boozer Buford, was an LPGA Tour golfer, who played in the U.S. and British Open Championships.

Buford joins a Fighting Camel program that has earned a combined 29 NCAA post-season appearances in the last 25 years.  Under the direction of Crooks, the Campbell women have made 20 NCAA regional trips in the last 25 seasons, including national appearances (two team, one individual) three times in the last four years.  She replaces Tahnia Ravnjak, who resigned her assistant coaching position in order to pursue a professional career.