May 11, 2013

Urquizu claims top-20 finish at NCAA Central Regional

NORMAN, OKLA. -- Teresa Urquizu tied for 19th place in her final collegiate tournament and Campbell finished 20th after Saturday's final round of the NCAA Central Regional women's golf championship.

A senior from San Sebastian, Spain, Urquizu finished the 54-hole event at 3-over 219 (74-73-72)  following an even-par 72 on Saturday.  She made 3 birdies and 12 pars Saturday on the par-72, 6298-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club layout.  Urquizu posted her ninth top-20 individual finish in 12 events this year.

Lisbeth Brooks (76-76-81--233) and Big South freshman of the year Tahnia Ravnjak (75-80-78--233) tied for 93rd place.  Kaylin Yost (76-81-79--236) tied for 104th, while Brooke Bellomy (77-82-82--241) tied for 116th.

Duke (284-291-276--851) won the 24-team event by six strokes over host Oklahoma (283-286-288--857).  Mississippi State (292-299-281--872) was third, followed by Florida (282-307-288--877), Arizona State (292-298-288--878), UC Davis (291-300-289--880, Wisconsin (292-303-288--883) and Michigan State (291-301-292--884).

NC State finished ninth at 885 strokes (291-301-292), narrowly missing a trip to the national tournament.  The top eight schools and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the NCAA Championship, May 21-24, at Athens, Ga.

Campbell shot 301-310-310--921 over the three-day event, which included a two-hour lightning delay late Saturday afternoon.

Ally McDonald of Mississippi State (69-69-68--206) won the individual title by five strokes over Duke's Alejandro Cangrejo (72-69-70--211) and Oklahoma's Emily Collins (67-790-74--211).

Olafia Kristinsdottir of Wake Forest and Ying Luo of Washington tied for eighth place at one-under-par to earn individual berths in the NCAA Championship.

Campbell made its 16th NCAA regional appearance in the last 21 seasons under the direction of Big South coach of the year John Crooks.  The 2012-13 season saw the Camels win six tournaments, second most in a year in the program's history, and carry a No.-34 national ranking into the regional.

All five of Campbell's golfers to play in the regional were named to the Big South all-conference team.