"Ace" Nadine White and Camels return to Briar's Creek

Nadine White holds the 3 golf balls she used to hit holes-in-one over the last calendar year.
Nadine White holds the 3 golf balls she used to hit holes-in-one over the last calendar year.

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – When the Campbell women's golf team plays its practice round at the Golf Club at Briar's Creek Sunday, Nadine White will return to a course where she has enjoyed tremendous success.

Not only did White, a senior from Brisbane, Australia, record a top-10 individual finish at the Johns Island layout a year ago, but she recorded the first of three aces she would fire in a 10-month stretch on U.S. soil.

The 2016 Big South Conference player of the year described her last three holes-in-one (of five in her career) for GoCamels.com. 

1. GC at Briars Creek, Johns Island, S.C., Hole 15, 141 yards (March 21, 2016), Briar's Creek Invitational
"My first hole in one on America. This was the second round I played on the 36 hole day. I had hit the right club in the first round it just went right, so I stuck with the same club I hit in the morning. All of my playing partners had their coaches on the tee, and it just so happens the only time I don't have a coach on a par 3 was this time. I hit the shot and it bounced just before the little mound before the flag and took about two bounces and then rolled up to the hole and dropped. There was a scorer on this hole so it didn't take long before people knew about it and I had members coming up to me and congratulating me on the next hole which I then chipped in from the bunker for a birdie." 

2. Pinehurst No. 2, Hole 17, 160 yards (July 11, 2016), 114th North and South Women's Amateur Championship
"This was during my first amateur tournament (in the U.S.) outside of college golf. Tahnia (Ravnjak) was caddying for me and I was not playing well. There were a few people following our group, one of them being the host family I was staying with while playing the tournament. I hit the shot and it looked good in the air. It landed before the hole and just rolled up and went in. Most people saw it and cheered and gave me hi-fives and then I went over to my bag and where Tahnia was and she didn't believe that it went in, she was looking through the range finder trying to find my ball on the green. And eventually she said it must have gone in because she didn't see it, but she still didn't believe it went in, and finally she gave me a hi-five and congratulated me."

3. Keith Hills GC, Hole 8 (Black), 135 yards (Jan. 28, 2017), Campbell Golf Team Qualifier
"During qualifying, I was the last one to hit and both Annie (Sjoholm) and Stacey (White) had hit some good shots that we thought were close to going in, and then I hit mine and it took one bounce and went straight into the hole."

White and the 52nd-ranked Camels tee off Monday at 8:45 a.m. at the par-72, 6101-yard Golf Club at Briar's Creek in an 18-team field that includes 10 schools rated among the Golfstat top-50.

Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.  Tuesday's final round begins with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start.

Coach John Crooks will field the same lineup he employed at last week's SunTrust Gator Invitational, where the Camels finished in front of a pair of top-50 teams and placed fourth overall.

Junior Annelie Sjoholm, who has a win, 3rd-place and 18th-place showing in her last three outings, leads the Big South Conference in stroke average and ranks No.-114 nationally in the Golfstat Cup (73.43).

Nadine White is second in the league (74.05) and 176th in the country in the Golfstat Cup.  Junior Ayelen Irizar owns the sixth-best scoring average in the Big South (75.1), while freshman Desiree Andersson rates 8th in the conference (75.67).

Since winning the Palmetto Intercollegiate last October, Campbell has opened the spring portion of its schedule with second- (Amelia Island Collegiate), fifth- (UNF Collegiate) and fourth-place (Gator Invitational) finishes. 

2017 Briar's Creek Invitational
CG at Briar's Creek / Johns Island, S.C.
Par 72, 6101 yards / Mar. 20-21, 2017

Participating teams (Golfstat ranking): Auburn (41), Boston College (98), Campbell (52), College of Charleston (75), Charleston Southern (113), East Carolina (49), Florida (6), Illinois (29), Kansas (98), Long Beach State (129), Louisville (43), Miami (14), Michigan State (90), North Carolina (34), Ohio State (27), Penn State (66), Texas Tech (32), Wisconsin (44).