July 22, 2013

International standouts join Campbell women’s golf team

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Louise Latorre of Pau, France and Nadine White from Brisbane, Australia, have signed athletics grants-in-aid with Campbell University, head women's golf coach John Crooks has announced.

The pair join a Fighting Camel program that is coming off a season where it won six tournaments and made a second-straight NCAA regional appearance.

Latorre has represented France in international competition against Spain and Belgium in 2012 and vs. Italy and Austria in 2011.  She won the Grand Prix of Lacanau and Grand Prix of Pau tournaments in 2011 and the Grand Prix of La Ramee in 2010.  She was third in the 2012 Irish Girls Open stroke play championship.

This year she was runner-up in the National Ladies Championship and placed fourth in the Irish U-18s.  Latorre has also competed in the Portuguese International Ladies Championship, the Spanish Ladies Championship, the Italian International Ladies Championship and the French International Lady Juniors Championship.

"Louise has enjoyed an excellent junior golf career.  Her numerous golf accomplishments have brought her recognition throughout France and Europe," said Crooks, who has guided Campbell to 70 tournament victories in 22 years in charge of the program.  "She is ranked among the top 15 young ladies in France.  Most recently, she was one of two players from France to receive an invitation to play in golf legend Annika Sorenstam's Swedish Invitational tournament."

A member of the Queensland Women's State Team, White made the cut at the New South Wales Open in January and advanced to the match play round at the Australian Amateur Championship.  She finished seventh at the Elvie Whitesides stroke play.

In 2012 White placed eighth at the Australian Girls Amateur Championship and was third at the Katherine Hull Classic, while finishing second at the North Queensland Championships.  She was a member of the Queensland Junior Girls State Team.

During 2011 White was runner-up at the Katherine Hull Classic and finished fifth in the Queensland Schoolgirls Championships and the Greg Norman Junior Golf Masters.

"Nadine has played at golf's highest level in Australia," said Crooks.  "She was chosen to represent Queensland's provincial team for several years.  This past year, Nadine led Queensland's team to win the national championship."

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 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.

Latorre and White join a line-up that includes four returning All-Big South Conference performers – rising senior Kaylin Yost, rising juniors Brooke Bellomy and Lisbeth Brooks, and rising sophomore Tahnia Ravnjak, the 2013 Big South freshman of the year.  Crooks owns the second-most tournament coaching victories among all active NCAA Division I women's golf coaches.

"Both of these young ladies are great athletes, great students, and will be welcomed into the Campbell community," said Crooks.