FERNANDINA BEACH, FLA. – With goals of repeating as Big South Conference champion and a sixth-straight NCAA Regional berth, Campbell University opens its spring women's golf season Monday at the Amelia Island Collegiate.
Following a fall campaign that included a team title at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, runner-up finish at the Golfweek Program Challenge and two more top-10 showings, Coach John Crooks' team will compete with 15 other teams for honors on the par-72, 6029-yard Amelia National Golf Club.
The 54-hole event begins with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start for the first two rounds. Tuesday's final round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.
Ranked No.-53 nationally by Golfstat, Campbell owns the lowest team scoring average (298.56) among Big South schools and all five individuals in its starting lineup rate among the league's top 13.
Coach Crooks, whose women's teams have claimed 80 tournament crowns in his 26 years in charge of the program, will start a lineup that includes senior Nadine White, the 2016 Big South player of the year, juniors Ayelen Irizar and Annelie Sjoholm, plus freshmen Stacey White and Desiree Andersson.
A native of Brisbane, Australia, White leads the Big South with a 74.33 stroke average and is coming off her best finish of 2016-17 campaign with a sixth-place tie at the Palmetto Intercollegiate last fall. She ranks 184th nationally in the Golfstat Cup; and stands 38th in the country in putts on greens in regulation (1.858).
Irizar is coming off the best fall season of her collegiate career and ranks second in the Big South and 217th in the Golfstat Cup with a 74.58 scoring average. The native of Buenos Aires, Argentina tied for ninth at the Golfweek Program Challenge where she produced her collegiate low round (68).
Sjoholm, who finished as runner-up to White in the 2016 Big South Championship, ranks fifth in the league in stroke average this year (74.67) and is 228th in the Golfstat Cup. A resident of Vasteras, Sweden, Sjoholm also tied for ninth at the Golfweek Program Challenge and is tied for 51st in the country in par-5 scoring (4.77).
Stacey White, Nadine's younger sister, stands eighth in the Big South with a 75.33 scoring average and tied for fifth in her collegiate debut at the Golfweek Program Challenge. Desiree Andersson, a native of Hollviken, Sweden, is coming off an eighth-place tie at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. Her 75.89 stroke average is 13th-lowest among all Big South Conference golfers.
Andersson and White each earned Big South freshman of the week honors twice during the fall season.
Senior Louise Latorre, who tied for third in last year's Amelia Island Collegiate at two-over 218 (72-73-73) and sophomore Anna Svanka, who played in one event during the fall season while also competing for her native Latvia in the World Amateur Team Championships, will play as individuals.
Amelia Island Collegiate
Amelia National Golf Club / Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Feb. 20-21, 2017 / Par 72, 6029 Yards
Format: (54 holes) 36 holes on Monday, Feb. 20 with 8:00 am shotgun start; 18 holes on Tuesday, Feb. 21 with 8:30 am shotgun start.
Participating Schools: Bradley, Campbell, Cincinnati, Daytona State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Morehead State, UNC Asheville, North Florida, Sam Houston State, Samford, Tulsa, Winthrop.