Top Pennsylvania golfers headed to Campbell

Tom Nettles (left) and Craig Hornberger (right)
Tom Nettles (left) and Craig Hornberger (right)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Craig Hornberger and Tom Nettles, who finished first and second, respectively, in the Pennsylvania Class AAA state championship, will continue their golf careers this fall at Campbell University, head coach John Crooks has announced.

A native of Lancaster, Pa., Hornberger joins the Fighting Camel program after leading Manheim Township to consecutive state high school titles.  Nettles, who hails from McMurray, Pa., was the state AAA high school runner-up the last two years at Peters Township.

A three-time district champion, Hornberger added regional and state titles to his resume during his senior year.  After shooting a 1-over-par 143 at Heritage Hills in the state championship last year he became the first Manheim Township player to win the state crown since 16-time PGA Tour winner and 2003 U.S. Open champ Jim Furyk won the honor in 1987.

Hornberger, who finished fifth in the state championship as a junior, also qualified for and participated in both the 2011 and 2012 USGA Junior Amateur championships.  He was named the Lancaster County Golf Association's 2012 Golfer of the Year.

He is the fourth Lancaster-Lebanon League golfer to sign in recent years with Campbell along with Zak Drescher, Gregg Hostetter and Sarah Bejgrowicz.

Nettles shot 2-over 144 in the state championship to finish tied for second for the second-straight year.  A three-time state tourney qualifier, Nettles was named Western Pennsylvania Golf Association junior player of the year.  He won the 2012 WPGA Junior Championship at Grove City.

Hornberger and Nettles join a Fighting Camel program that has won five conference championships in 23 years under Coach Crooks.  The Campbell men made their first NCAA Regional team appearance in 2009 after CU individuals earned regional berths on four previous occasions.  CU's men received a pair of individual NCAA regional berths in 2011 (Vaita Guillaume, Matt Moot).

In 2012 Vaita Guillaume won the NCAA Greensboro Regional and earned the program's first-ever berth into the NCAA Championship.  He named 2012 Big South player of the year, Ping All-Region and honorable mention Ping All-American.

Crooks has been named conference coach of the year 16 times for either the men's or women's program.  His men's teams have claimed 45 team titles and his women have won 70 tournaments.

Two of Crooks' former Fighting Camel players – David Mathis ('97) and Brad Fritsch ('00) are now playing on the PGA Tour.