Campbell finishes second in top-flight field at Briar’s Creek Invitational

2017 Briar's Creek Invitational Runner-Up (from left):  Ayelen Irizar, Desiree Andersson, Nadine White, Head Coach John Crooks, Annelie Sjoholm, Anna Svanka, Assistant Coach Tahnia Ravnjak.
2017 Briar's Creek Invitational Runner-Up (from left): Ayelen Irizar, Desiree Andersson, Nadine White, Head Coach John Crooks, Annelie Sjoholm, Anna Svanka, Assistant Coach Tahnia Ravnjak.

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – In a field that included 10 top-50 ranked schools, Campbell finished second after Tuesday's final round of the Briar's Creek Invitational women's golf tournament.

Only sixth-ranked Florida (277-286-286—849) finished ahead of the 52nd-ranked Camels (282-289-294—867), who led the 18-team event with 56 birdies.  No.-27 Illinois was third (868), followed by 15th-ranked Miami (870) and No.-42 Auburn (871).

Campbell also finished the 54-hole event ahead of No.-32 Texas Tech, No.-26 Ohio State, No.-43 Louisville, No.-35 North Carolina, No.-49 East Carolina and No.-49 East Carolina on the par-71, 6101-yard Golf Club at Briar's Creek layout.

Junior Annelie Sjoholm recorded her third top-three finish in four outings this spring. The native of Vasteras, Sweden tied for third at 3-under-par (69-74-70—213) after making five birdies in her final round.

Sjoholm led the 93-golfer field with 16 birdies while playing the par-3 (T10th) and par-4 (T7th) holes even and finishing 3-under on the par-fives.

Florida's Maria Torres, the 12th-ranked golfer in the nation according to Golfstat, won medalist honors at 7-under (66-74-69—209). Laura Fuenfstueck of host College of Charleston was runner-up (68-69-75—212).

Campbell senior Nadine White is tied for eighth (71-70-74—215) at one-under par to earn her third top-10 finish of the season.  She shared the lead in the field in par-4 scoring (-3) and made 11 birdies over the last two days (T13th).

Freshman Desiree Andersson notched her second top-20 finish of the season with an 18th-place tie (72-71-75—218) while recording her best 54-hole score on the collegiate level.  She made 12 birdies, tied for ninth in the event.

Sophomore Anna Svanka tied for 35th (72-74-75—221), while junior Ayelen Irizar tied for 76th (78-81-75—234).

"We didn't win, but we beat a lot of great schools," said Campbell head coach John Crooks. "Desi's (Andersson) getting into college golf and so is Anna (Svanka).  Both finished well in the tournament. Nadine's been a great player for us for a long time. Annie's really taking her game to a new level. She's playing at an All-American level."

As a team, the Camels notched their best round (284) and 36-hole score (573), while turning in their top 54-hole finish on a par-72 layout (867) of the 2016-17 campaign.  Campbell's 36-hole total stands as the second-best in the program's 28-year history, while its opening-round 284 is tied for the fourth-lowest in Camel record books.  The 867 mark is 6th-lowest in school record books.

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

Campbell returns to action Apr. 3-4 in the Collegiate at Marsh Landing CC in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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

Final Team Results: 1. Florida 277-286-286—849, 2. Campbell 284-289-294—867, 3. Illinois 281-296-291—868, 4. Miami 284-294-292—870, 5. Auburn 288-291-292—871, 6. Michigan State 288-296-288—872, T7. Texas Tech 294-293-291—878, T7. Ohio State 285-303-290—878, 9. Louisville 290-288-301—879, T10. North Carolina 295-302-285—882, T10. East Carolina 291-297-294—882, 12. Wisconsin 292-298-297—887, 13. Boston College 298-290-304—892, 14. Charleston Southern 293-296-307—896, 15. College of Charleston 300-297-303—900, 16. Penn State 294-306-308—908, 17. Long Beach State 302-307-308—917, 18. Kansas 308-302-309—919.

Final Individual Leaders: 1. Maria Torres (Florida) 66-74-69—209, 2. Laura Fuenfstueck (CofC) 68-69-75—212, T3. Olivia Cason (Louisville) 68-69-76—213, T3. Kelly Grassel (Florida) 69-71-73—213, T3. Annelie Sjoholm (Campbell) 69-74-70—213, T3. Dewi Weber (Miami) 71-70-72—213.

Other Campbell Individuals: T8. Nadine White 71-70-74—215, T18. Desiree Andersson 72-71-75—218, T35. Anna Svanka 72-74-75—221, T76. Ayelen Irizar 78-81-75—234.