June 21, 2013

Women's Golf finishes season ranked among nation’s top programs

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After winning six of its 12 tournaments, Campbell University finished the 2012-13 women's golf season ranked No.-44 in the nation in the year-end NCAA head-to-head ratings by Golfstat.

Coach John Crooks' team, which advanced to an NCAA regional for the 16th time in the last 21 years, ranked among the nation's top 25 in seven team statistical categories.  Campbell finished in a tie for ninth place among the country's 254 Division I programs with seven eagles.  CU also ranked tied for 11th in birdies (403), 12th in par-3 scoring (3.2) and 19th in par-4 scoring (4.25) and subpar strokes per round (2.33).

Campbell's average score of 75.43 stood 21st in the nation, while the Camels were 24th in score vs. par (+3.68).

Individually, sophomore Lisbeth Brooks finished 97th nationally in the Golfstat Cup with a 74.37 stroke average.  Senior Teresa Urquizu was 141st (74.94), sophomore Brooke Bellomy 236th (75.56) and freshman Tahnia Ravnjak 248th (75.76).

Urquizu finished in a fourth-place tie nationally with four eagles on the year.  Brooke was 13th in par-3 scoring (3.07) and tied for 60th with 83 birdies.  Ravnjak tied for 73rd with 81 birdies, while Kaylin Yost (T84th, 79) and Bellomy (T96th, 77) also finished among the nation's top 100.

Each of Campbell's top five individuals earned all-conference honors as all five ranked among the league's top nine in stroke average.  Brooks was second among Big South Conference golfers in average score, while Urquizu, Bellomy and Ravnjak ranked 4-5-6, respectively.  Yost, the 2012 Big South golfer of the year, finished the 2012-13 campaign in ninth place among the league's scoring leaders (76.12).

Yost, Urquizu and Brooks tied for the low round (67) of the year by league golfers, while Bellomy turned in a career-low 68 three times.  The 2013 Big South freshman of the year, Ravnjak twice carded a season-low 70.

Three different Campbell golfers won individual tournament titles.  Bellomy claimed top honors at the Golfweek Program Challenge, Yost won the Fighting Camel Fall Classic and Maria Jose Benavides won the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Led by 12-time conference women's coach of the year John Crooks, CU won 6 of its 12 tournaments in 2012-2013, including victories at the Golfweek Program Challenge, Fighting Camel Classic, Palmetto Intercollegiate, Kiawah Island Classic, JMU Eagle Landing Invitational and Hoya Invitational.  The school record for tournament wins in a year is 8 (1997-98).

Crooks has led his team to 70 tournament victories in 22 seasons, second only to Dan Brooks of Duke (114) among active Division I women's coaches.

Campbell set school team records for lowest round (282 at Palmetto Invitational), 36-hole total (574 at Golfweek Program Challenge) and 54-hole total (860 at Golfweek Program).  Individually, Bellomy's 211 (68-75-68) at the Golfweek Program Challenge is the lowest 54-hole total in the 24-year history of the women's program at CU.