Kaylin Yost named top Big South women’s golfer for second-straight week
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After winning her first collegiate tournament, Kaylin Yost of Campbell University has been named Choice Hotels Big South Conference women's golfer of the week.
The honor is the second-straight for Yost, who was the lone golfer in the 101-player field to finish under par at the James Madison Eagle Landing Invitational (Mar. 9-11) at Eagle Landing Golf Club in Orange Park, Fla.
Yost fired a collegiate career-low, five-under-par 67 in the opening round, then shot consecutive 74s in the second and third rounds to finish the event at 215, one stroke better than a trio of golfers. She led the Camels to their 8th top-5 finish in 9 tournaments this year.
In last Friday's opening round at Eagle Landing, Yost played the back nine holes at 6-under, including birdies on each of her final 3 holes. That outing tied for the 2nd-lowest in school history and matched the school record for most strokes below par (5) in a round.
Yost's 67 also tied teammate Lisbeth Brooks (Golfweek Program Challenge) and Gardner-Webb's Lauren Smith for lowest round of the year by a Big South player.
Her 36-hole total (141) was 2 shots off the school record (tied for 4th-best ever) and her 54-hole tally is tied for the 6th-best in program history. She notched a tournament-leading 15 birdies over 3 rounds and played the par-five holes at four-under.
Yost lowered her stroke average to 75.27, best among all Big South golfers, and notched her fourth top-10 showing in the last 5 tournaments. She became the 21st player in Campbell women's golf history (which dates to the 1989-90 season) to win an intercollegiate tournament.
In addition, her victory propelled Yost into 184th place on the latest Golfstat Cup national standings.
The Big South honor marked the second-straight week that Yost was recognized by the league office. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., resident tied for 4th at the Miami Hurricane Invitational (Mar. 5-6).
All five of Campbell's regular starters rank among the top 9 Big South golfers in stroke average heading into the team's next tournament, Mar. 26-27 at the Georgia State John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate.
Campbell is ranked 67th in this week's Golfweek national listing and 66th in the Golfstat.com NCAA head-to-head ratings.