Campbell claims Hoya Invitational for sixth tournament victory of season

Head coach John Crooks and Lisbeth Brooks
(photo by Mark Seldin)
Head coach John Crooks and Lisbeth Brooks (photo by Mark Seldin)

BEALLSVILLE, MD. – With all five players among the top 20 individuals, Campbell University claimed its sixth women's golf tournament of the season Tuesday at the Hoya Invitational.

Lisbeth Brooks tied for second individually and Tahnia Ravnjak finished fifth as the Camels handed John Crooks his 70th women's tournament crown and 115th overall (including men's) as a collegiate head coach.

Rated No.-33 in the latest Golfstat NCAA head-to-head rankings, Campbell led wire-to-wire at the par-72, 6125-yard Members Club at Four Streams layout.  On Tuesday, Campbell (299-305-290—894) shot two-over-par and finished 13 strokes ahead of Yale (304-307-296—907) in the 14-school field.

Campbell's six tournament wins in one season ties the 1996-97 and 1998-99 teams for second-most victories in a year since the program was started in 1989-90.  The 1997-98 team won a school-record 8 tournaments.

"Certainly any of those years are special, but now that we are able to play in some tournaments that include Sunday play, these fields and our schedule is a lot better than it ever has been," said Crooks, the NGCA Hall of Famer who is in his 22nd year in charge of the Campbell women and 23rd at the helm of the men's team.  "To win six times against a schedule like this is just fantastic."

Brooks made 34 pars and tied for the event lead with 10 birdies in the 54-hole tourney.  The sophomore from Waunakee, Wis., shot 74-72-70—216 to tie with Amanda Chin of Penn (72-75-69—216) for runner-up honors.  Harin Lee of St. John's claimed the individual medal at one-under 215 (73-73-69).

The 2012 Big South Conference freshman of the year, Brooks led this week's 80-player field in par-3 scoring (-3) and was third on the par fours (+2).  Her 216 was just one shot off her collegiate career-best 54-hole showing – a 215 at last month's JMU Eagle Landing Invitational, where she also tied for second place. 

Brooks entered the event with the second-best stroke average (74.56) in the Big South and ranked No.-110 nationally in the Golfstat Cup.  She proceeded to secure her fifth top-10 finish of the 2012-13 campaign and was Campbell's low individual for the fourth-straight tournament.

Ravnjak came into this week's action with the best scoring mark (76.04) among all Big South freshmen (and ninth overall) and posted her fourth top-10 of the year.  The native of Cordeaux Heights, Australia shot 73-76-72—221 to produce her best individual finish (fifth) of the campaign.  Ravnjak had 8 birdies (fifth in the field) and 33 pars (8th), while finishing 2-under on the par-fives and two-over on the par-3 holes.

Campbell senior Teresa Urquizu led the field with 38 pars and was 2-over on the par-3 holes (tied for 4th).  She shot even-par on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 13th place (76-83-72—231), marking her seventh top-20 showing of the 2012-13 campaign.

Sophomore Brooke Bellomy shot 76-80-76—232 and tied for 15th place, marking the seventh top-20 of the year for the Ona, W.Va., product.  Bellomy had seven birdies (8th in the field) and was even on the par-5 holes.

Junior Kaylin Yost shot 78-77-78—233 and tied for 19th, her best individual finish since winning the Fighting Camel Fall Classic Oct. 22-23.  Playing as an individual, junior Maria Jose Benavides tied for 23rd place (80-77-77—234) on the Nick Price/Steve Smyers design.

"This golf course is one of the best in the State of Maryland, one that requires excellence.  There's never any let-up.  We had three shoot even par or better today.  It was just a heck of a performance," said Crooks.  "Once again, everybody contributed, everybody pulled for each other, and we just did some really good things in clutch situations."

Campbell entered the event ranked fourth in the nation in birdies (312 through the first nine tournaments) and added 33 to that total over the last two days.

The Camels return to action Sunday when they will attempt to defend their Big South Conference Championship at The Patriot GC in Ninety-Six, S.C.

Crooks ranks second among all active Division I coaches in career tournament wins and is fourth all-time. 

Hoya Invitational
Beallsville, Md. / Members Club at Four Streams
Apr. 8-9, 2013 / Par 72, 6127 Yards

Final Team Results: 1. Campbell 299-305-290—894, 2. Yale 304-307-296—907, 3. Seton Hall 305-310-303—918, T4. Nova Southeastern 309-312-298—919, T4. Penn 302-313-304—919, 6. St. John's 322-318-311—951, 7. Georgetown 316-328-313—957, 8. Rutgers 326-320-312—958, 9. Lehigh 328-342-311—981, 10. Brown 324-337-327—988, 11. Sacred Heart 332-348-317—997, 12. Towson 341-351-342—1034, 13. Hofstra 361-339-340—1040, 14. Mount St. Mary's 366-363-347—1076. 

Final Individual Leaders: 1. Harin Lee (St. John's) 73-73-69—215, T2. Lisbeth Brooks (Campbell) 74-72-70—216, T2. Amanda Chin (Penn) 72-75-69—216, 4. Seo Hee Moon (Yale) 76-72-69—217, 5. Tahnia Ravnjak (Campbell) 73-76-72—221.

Other Campbell Individuals: T13. Teresa Urquizu 76-83-72—231, T15. Brooke Bellomy 76-80-76—232, T19. Kaylin Yost 78-77-78—233, T23. *Maria Jose Benavides 80-77-77—234.
*played as individual; did not count in team score. 

NCAA Division I Women's Golf All-Time Tournament Coaching Victories
Head Coach / Years / School / Tournament Wins
Dan Brooks / 1984-present / Duke / 112
Mark Gale / 1978-96 / San Jose State / 91
Dale McNamara / 1974-2000 / Tulsa / 81
John Crooks / 1991-present / Campbell / 70
Linda Vollstedt / 1980-2001 / Arizona State / 65

Campbell Women's Golf Most Tournament Wins in a Year
8       1997-98
6       1996-97
6       1998-99
6       2012-13
5       1993-94
5       2006-07