BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Brooke Bellomy and Lisbeth Brooks will represent Campbell University in the third-annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship presented by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). The most unique summertime national women's amateur championship is set to begin Tuesday, July 31 at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio.
More than fifty (50) two-person teams will be competing comprised of top current women's collegiate golfers. Each team will pair players from the same university in a 54-hole stroke play event.
Both Bellomy, who hails from Ona, W.Va., and Brooks, a native of Waunakee, Wis., are rising sophomores. The duo ranked 15th nationally in the 2012 Golfstat Freshman Class impact rating for Campbell's Big South Conference championship squad.
The 2012 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year, Brooks ranked fourth among League leaders with a 76.03 stroke average. She finished seventh in the Big South Championship as CU claimed the title and earned the Big South's automatic berth in the NCAA East Regional.
An All-Conference performer, Brooks gained three individual top 10s on the year. She tied for eighth at the Georgia State John Kirk Lady Panther Intercollegiate. Her low round (67) came at the Golfweek Program Challenge, where Campbell claimed the combined men's and women's crown.
Bellomy, who ranked eighth among Big South stroke average leaders (76.89), placed 13th in the Big South Championship. She earned a pair of top-10 individual showings, including a fourth-place effort at the Miami Hurricane Invitational.
In addition to being CU's low individual at the New Mexico Dick McGuire Invitational, Bellomy shot a season-low round of 70 at Miami.
During the 2011-12 season, Campbell placed among the top five teams in 10 of its 12 events, including victories at the Xavier/LPGA International Invitational, Fighting Camel Classic and Big South Championship. Under the direction of head coach John Crooks, CU won its 11th league title in 2012 and made its 15th regional appearance since 1993.
The format of the Pure Silk Championship is Day 1 (July 31): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (Aug. 1): Best Ball; and Day 3 (Aug. 2): Aggregate Score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III programs.
Campbell will be represented in the NGCA event for the second-straight year. Last summer, Kaylin Yost and Maria Jose Benavides competed in the tournament, which was held in Dahlonega, Ga.
This year marks the inaugural title sponsorship of Pure Silk, a moisturizing shave cream for women. Part of the Perio, Inc. brands, Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide.
"Pure Silk is honored to sponsor the 2012 Pure Silk Team Championship," stated Tom Murray, President & CEO of Perio, Inc. "As a sponsor of eight LPGA golfers, we are very excited to expand upon our connection with Women's golf and to support hard working collegiate athletes. The NGCA and the players' willingness to add a Monday charitable event to benefit A Kid Again (supporting children with life threatening illness and their families), is the icing on the cake!"
Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private facility, considered one of the most challenging courses in Central Ohio. Opened in 1991, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
On Monday, July 30, a Collegiate-Amateur Golf event will take place, beginning with a 2:30 P.M. Shotgun Start. Proceeds from this event will benefit A Kid Again, an Ohio based charity that provides fun-filled group activities for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. These activities foster laughter, normalcy and a supportive networking opportunities, encouraging positive attitudes and promoting improved health for all.
"A Kid Again is thrilled to partner with Pure Silk for this prestigious event," remarked Jeffrey Damron, CEO of A Kid Again. "This extraordinary tournament brings the finest women players in collegiate golf to Central Ohio, raising funds to enable children with life-threatening illnesses to leave the hospital and illness behind and be ... A Kid Again!"
Tickets to the Team Championship are free and open to the public. Play will begin daily at 7:30am with tee times starting on both #1 and #10.
ABOUT THE NGCA (www.ngca.com)
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.