KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Coming off the program's seventh tournament victory over the last two years, Campbell University carries a No.-14 national ranking into this weekend's Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Knoxville, Tenn.
The 54-hole event, which includes six schools ranked among the Golfstat NCAA head-to-head top-25, opens Friday on the par-71, 5897-yard Cherokee Country Club.
Coach John Crooks will take the same squad to Knoxville that won the Golfweek Program Challenge Sept. 8-10 at Pawley's Island, S.C. At Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Tahnia Ravnjak won the women's individual crown to lead CU to a 17-stroke victory in the team standings.
Campbell's 862 total (290-288-284) was the second-lowest in the program's 25-year history, just two strokes behind last year's team (860) showing at the Program Challenge. CU's final round 284 was only two strokes off the school record 282 the team produced at last year's Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Crooks now has 71 career coaching wins on the women's side, second-most among all active coaches on the Division I level. His team has won seven of its last 13 tournaments dating to the start of the 2012-13 season.
Ravnjak shot collegiate career low rounds over the final 36 holes at Caledonia and finished the event at two-under-par 211 (76-69-66). The sophomore from Cordeaux Heights, Australia tied the school 18-hole record 66 set by Michelle Koh at the 2010 Palmetto Intercollegiate and the school 54-hole mark (211) established by Brooke Bellomy at last year's Program Challenge.
Red-shirt junior Ali Prazak produced her best collegiate finish – a second-place tie – at 2-over 215 (70-73-72). Each of Prazak's three rounds this week eclipsed her previous career low for 18 holes and the St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands native recorded her first career top-10 showing.
Junior Lisbeth Brooks finished fifth (69-75-72—216) to record her 10th top-10 showing of her collegiate career. Senior Kaylin Yost tied for 14th (76-71-74—221), while freshman Louise Latorre tied for 21st (75-75-75—225) in her collegiate debut.
This week, Campbell will start from the first tee at 10:10 a.m. Friday paired with Notre Dame along with individuals from Tennessee, Chattanooga and Arkansas. Saturday's second round and Sunday's final round begin with 8:30 a.m. tee times.
The field also includes Arkansas, the College of Charleston, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina and host Tennessee, all of which are among the country's top-25 in the Golfstat rating.
Live scoring is available on-line at Golfstat.com.
17th Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships
Dates: Sept. 20-22, 2013
Host: University of Tennessee
Course: Cherokee Country Club
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Participating Teams (17): Arkansas, Campbell, Central Florida, College of Charleston, Chattanooga, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Rollins, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane.
Format: 54 holes (18 holes each day, Friday-Sunday)
Tee Times: 8:30 a.m. tee times Friday-Sunday