Campbell increases lead to 14 strokes after 36 holes of Big South Women’s Golf Championship

Desiree Andersson
(ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Desiree Andersson (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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NINETY SIX, S.C. – Campbell turned in the second-best team score in Big South Women's Golf Championship history on Tuesday and doubled its lead heading into Wednesday's final round.

With four golfers among the top 13 individuals, Campbell (289-280—569) owns a 14-stroke lead over second-place Gardner-Webb (298-285—583) after 36 holes at The Patriot Golf Course at Grand Harbor.

Freshman Desiree Andersson followed Monday's career-low 69 with a 4-under 68 and shares the 36-hole lead with Presbyterian's Celia Mansour (71-66—137).  The duo broke the previous Big South women's championship 36-hole record by four strokes set at The Patriot in 2014 by Campbell's Louise Latorre (68-73—141) and Tahnia Ravnjak (69-72—141).

A native of Hollviken, Sweden, Andersson is the first golfer in the Big South Championship history to record back-to-back rounds in the 60s.

Campbell was 8-under for the day (280) and improved to 7-under (569) for the tournament – both totals marking the second-best ever in Big South women's championship history – on the par-72, 6045-yard Davis Love III design.

Last year's runner-up Annelie Sjoholm moved into third place (73-69—142), while 2016 champion Nadine White moved up to sixth (74-71—145). Junior Ayelen Irizar is tied for 13th (73-75—148) and sophomore Anna Svanka is tied for 21st (79-72—151).

After holding a seven-stroke edge through 18 holes, Campbell made the turn Tuesday at nine-under as a team and turned in the best Big South Championship round since CU opened the 2014 event at The Patriot with a 10-under 278.

"I was very proud of my team today," said Campbell head coach John Crook.  "They kept the ball in play when they were out of position. They did the smart thing and took their medicine when they needed to. They're just playing smart, fundamental golf. I'm just looking forward to tomorrow."

As a team, the 50th-ranked and top-seeded Camels leads the event in birdies (35), pars (111), as well as in scoring on the par-3 (-5), par-4 (+15) and par-5 (-7) holes.

Andersson, who had a hole-in-one during Sunday's practice round, nearly accomplished the feat again on Tuesday – hitting the ball within a foot on both the par-three 15th and 17th.  The only blemish on her scorecard was a bogey on the par-4 third hole.  She leads the 45-golfer field in birdies (11) and is tied for the lead on the par-3 holes (-3).

Sjoholm, a junior from Vasteras, Sweden, made five birdies Tuesday to match her collegiate career low round and is tied with High Point's Samantha Vodry at 2-under 142 (73-69).  Through 36 holes, Sjoholm has seven birdies and 24 pars and is tied for the lead on the par-5 layouts at 5-under.

White, the defending champion, made three birdies Tuesday and leads the field with 28 pars through two rounds.  Irizar is tied for third in par-3 scoring (-2), while Svanka has eight birdies (five on Tuesday), tied for third in the field.

Mansour made six birdies and 12 pars Tuesday to break the Big South Championship single-round record of 68 set by Campbell's Louise Latorre on the opening day of the 2014 tournament at The Patriot.

Wednesday's final round begins at 8:00 a.m. with Campbell golfers set to tee off at 9:10 a.m.  Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.

In his 26-year career, 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.

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

Second Round Team Results: 1. Campbell 289-280—569, 2. Gardner-Webb 298-285—583, T3. Presbyterian 303-287—590, T3. High Point 304-286—590, 5. Charleston Southern 296-297—593, 6. Winthrop 302-303—605, 7. UNC Asheville 313-304—617, 8. Longwood 320-311—631, 9. Radford 321-312—633.

Second Round Individual Leaders: T1. Desiree Andersson (Campbell) 69-68—137, T1. Celia Mansour (Presbyterian) 71-66—137, T3. Annelie Sjoholm (Campbell) 73-69—142, T3. Samantha Vodry (High Point) 73-69—142. 5. Shelby Thompson (Charleston Southern) 69-74—143.

Other Campbell Individuals: 6. Nadine White 74-71—145, T13. Ayelen Irizar 73-75—148, T21. Anna Svanka 79-72—151.

Wednesday, April 19 / 8:00 am / Final Round Tee Times
8:00-8:40 am / High Point, Charleston Southern, Winthrop (No. 1 tee)
8:30-9:10 am / UNC Asheville, Longwood, Radford (No. 10 tee)
8:50-9:30 am / Campbell, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian (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.