Camels top seed for Big South Women's Golf Championship

2016-17 Campbell Women's Golf
(From left): Head Coach John Crooks, Anna Svanka, Annelie Sjoholm, Ayelen Irizar, Nadine White, Louise Latorre, Desiree Andersson, Stacey White, Assistant Coach Tahnia Ravnjak.
2016-17 Campbell Women's Golf (From left): Head Coach John Crooks, Anna Svanka, Annelie Sjoholm, Ayelen Irizar, Nadine White, Louise Latorre, Desiree Andersson, Stacey White, Assistant Coach Tahnia Ravnjak.

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell has earned the top seed in next week's Big South Conference women's golf championship, which will be held at The Patriot Golf Course at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C.  Last year's champion, Campbell received the No.-1 seed based on its Golfstat national ranking of 50, the highest among the nine Big South women's golf programs.

Charleston Southern is ranked No. 116 in the nation by GolfStat and receives the No. 2 seed.  Gardner-Webb is the No. 3 seed with its ranking of 147, while Winthrop earns the No. 4 seed with its national ranking of 154.  High Point, ranked No. 169, will be the No. 5 seed in the championship, with Presbyterian College (213) receiving the No. 6 seed.  Longwood is the No. 7 seed (No. 217), ahead of first-year program UNC Asheville (No. 8 - 223).  Host Radford rounds out the field at No. 9 (234).

The Patriot at Grand Harbor is hosting the Big South Women's Championship for the ninth time and first since 2014.  The Davis Love III-designed par-72 course will play to 6,045 yards.  Championship activities begin Sunday with a 2 p.m. practice round followed by Monday's first round.  The event concludes next Wednesday.

Under the direction of NGCA Hall of Fame head coach John Crooks, Campbell has finished either first or second in its conference championship 23 times in the past 25 years.  Since re-joining the Big South in 2011-12, the Camels have won the title in even-numbered years and been runner-up in the odd campaigns.

Crooks has guided his Campbell women to 13 conference championships, including the Big South crowns in 1993, 1994, 2012, 2014 and 2016.  His teams have made 19 NCAA regional appearances and have advanced to the NCAA Championship three times, including two of the past three seasons.

During the 2016-17 campaign, the Camels have finished among the top five teams six times in nine tournaments, including a win at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.  CU was runner-up at the Golfweek Program Challenge, Amelia Island Collegiate and Briar's Creek Invitational.

Campbell enters the Big South Championship ranked 11th in the country in eagles (7) and 20th with 323 birdies.  CU's average score (74.94) is 47th and the team is 42nd nationally in par-3 scoring (3.19), according to Golfstat.

Coach Crooks will choose his lineup from a seven-golfer roster that includes six of the Big South's top-11 leaders in stroke average, plus a pair of past conference champions.

Junior Annelie Sjoholm is ranked 90th by Golfstat and leads the Big South with a 73.46 stroke average.  She stands 25th in the country with 84 birdies over 26 rounds and is 33rd in sub-par strokes per round (3.38).  A native of Vasteras, Sweden, Sjoholm has recorded four top-10 finishes in 2016-17, including her first collegiate win at the Amelia Island Collegiate, and posted a collegiate low 69 on three occasions.  A 2016 Big South all-conference and all-championship team member, Sjoholm was runner-up in last year's Big South tourney at DeBordieu Golf Club.  Her 210 at Amelia Island is the second-lowest 54-hole score in CU history.

The 2016 Big South golfer of the year, senior Nadine White ranks second behind only Sjoholm among league players in scoring average (73.92) and has produced three top-10 finishes.  A native of Brisbane, Australia, White won the 2016 Big South Championship at DeBordieu.  This year, White stands No.-140 in the Golfstat Cup.  She finished 13th in the 2014 Big South Championship at The Patriot as a freshman, was fourth in the 2015 event, which was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

Desiree Andersson of Hollivken, Sweden and Stacey White from Brisbane, Australia stand 20th nationally in the Golfstat Freshman Impact ranking with a combined average of 75.84.  Andersson owns the eighth-best scoring average in the Big South (75.65), tops among league freshmen, and has recorded one top-10 finish.  White, the younger sister of Nadine, has a 76.05 mark, 11th in the league, and second among Big South freshmen.

Junior Ayelen Irizar of Buenos Aires, Argentina has produced her finest season on the collegiate level with a 75.69 stroke average, ninth in the Big South. She set collegiate bests with a 68 during her ninth-place finish at the Golfweek Program Challenge.  Irizar tied for 15th at the 2016 Big South Championship at DeBordieu.

Sophomore Anna Svanka of Riga, Latvia owns the 10th-lowest stroke average (75.94) among Big South golfers this season.  She finished in a fifth-place tie at Amelia Island and shot a season-low 70 at the Gator Invitational.

The 2014 Big South individual champion, Louise Latorre owns a 77.09 stroke average this season over 11 rounds.  A senior from Pau, France, Latorre shot 68-73-72—213 to finish at 3-under in the 2014 Championship at The Patriot to set a Big South record for lowest 54-hole score in the event.  She is a three-time Big South all-conference performer. 

2017 Big South Conference Women's Golf Championship
Ninety Six, S.C. / The Patriot GC
Apr. 17-19, 2017 / Par 72, 6045 Yards

Date /Time / Event
Sunday, April 16/ 2:00 pm / Practice Round (shotgun)

Monday, April 17/ 8:00 am /First Round
8:00-8:40 am / #7 Longwood, #8 UNC Asheville, #9 Radford (No. 1 tee)
8:50-9:30 am/ #4 Winthrop, #5 High Point, #6 Presbyterian (No. 1 tee)
9:40-10:20 am / #1 Campbell, #2 Charleston Southern, #3 Gardner-Webb (No. 1 tee)

Tuesday, April 18 / 8:00 am / Second Round
8:00-8:40 am / 7th-place team, 8th-place team, 9th-place team (No. 1 tee)
8:50-9:30 am / 4th-place team, 5th-place team, 6th-place team (No. 1 tee)
9:40-10:20 am / 1st-place team, 2nd-place team, 3rd-place team (No. 1 tee)

Wednesday, April 13 / 8:00 am / Final Round
8:00-8:40 am / 4th-place team, 5th-place team, 6th-place team (No. 1 tee)
8:30-9:10 am / 7th-place team, 8th-place team, 9th-place team (No. 10 tee)
8:50-9:30 am / 1st-place team, 2nd-place team, 3rd-place team (No. 1 tee)
2:30 pm (approx.) / Awards Ceremony

The Big South will announce its 2017 all-conference, all-freshman, all-academic and all-championship teams plus the annual individual award winners on Wednesday, April 19 at the post-championship awards ceremony.