Campbell To Play In East Regional; CCU's Henderson Gets At-Large Bid
Big South Conference champion Campbell University has been seeded 20th in the NCAA Women's Golf East Regional. The 54-hole event will be played May 10-12 at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina's Brittany Henderson -- the Big South champion medalist, was selected as an at-large individual and will compete in the Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio on May 10-12.
Campbell was one of 72 schools in Division I to earn a trip to NCAA post-season play. The top eight teams and two individuals (not from a qualifying team) from each of three regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Ranked 58th nationally in the latest Golfstat NCAA head-to-head ratings, Campbell placed all five golfers among the top 13 individuals and won the Big South's automatic berth after claiming a seven-stroke victory over second-place Coastal Carolina April 9-11 at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C.
Guided by Big South Coach of the Year John Crooks, Campbell won three team titles and finished among the top five 10 times in 11 outings during the 2011-12 campaign. In addition to the Big South title -- Campbell's 11th League crown in 21 seasons under Crooks' watch -- the Camels won the Xavier LPGA International Invitational (Oct. 7-9) and the Fighting Camel Classic (Oct. 31-Nov. 1).
Campbell produced Big South titles in 1993 and 1994 before winning eight championships as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference from 1995-2011. On April 11, Campbell secured its first League trophy since claiming the 2007 Atlantic Sun title exactly five years ago to the day.
The triumph marked the 64th women's tournament win for Crooks, who stands just one victory behind Linda Vollstedt of Arizona State (65 from 1980-2001) on the all-time NCAA Division I women's golf tourney coaching victories list.
Since 1992, Campbell has finished either first (11 times) or second (8) in its 19 League championship appearances in that span.
Big South Player of the Year Kaylin Yost tied for 2nd (73-72-76-221) at the Conference championship and lowered her stroke average to a League-leading 75.07 over 28 rounds. A sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Yost has produced five top-10 individual finishes this year, including her first collegiate win at the James Madison/Eagle Landing Invitational (Mar. 9-11).
Ranked No.-153 nationally in the latest Golfstat Cup listing, Yost produced top-5 individual showings at the Fighting Camel Classic (3rd), Miami Hurricane Invitational (T4th) and Big South Championship in addition to her victory at Eagle Landing Golf Club in Orange Park, Fla., where she shot a collegiate career-low 67 in the opening round.
The lone senior on the 2011-12 Campbell squad, Michelle Koh registered her second-straight top-5 showing in a conference tournament by finishing fourth (71-76-75-222) at the Big South Championship. A product of Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh is ranked No.-193 in the Golfstat Cup and leads all Big South women's golfers with six top-10 finishes this year.
Koh stands third among Big South golfers in scoring average (75.48). She placed second at the Xavier LPGA International Invitational and 6th at the Golfweek Program Challenge in addition to a 7th-place showing at the Hurricane Invitational, 9th-place finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and 10th-place effort at the Fighting Camel Classic. She matched her season-low round of 71 on the opening day of the Big South Championship.
Koh is the lone player on the Camel roster with NCAA post-season experience. She tied for 65th (75-78-74-227) in the 2010 NCAA East Regional.
A pair of first-year players also figured heavily into Campbell's success through the Big South tournament. Lisbeth Brooks (76.0) and Brooke Bellomy (76.68) have combined to rank 13th nationally in Golfstat's Freshman Impact rating.
Brooks, who hails from Waunakee, Wisc., rates fourth among Big South leaders in stroke average. The Big South Freshman of the Year has produced three top-10 individual finishes, including a 7th-place effort (78-75-74-227) at the Big South Championship.
She was Campbell's low individual (T8th) at the Georgia State John Kirk Lady Panther Intercollegiate (March 26-27) and also tied for 10th last fall at the Fighting Camel Classic. Brooks matched Yost's Big South-leading low round this year (67) on the second day of the Golfweek Program Challenge.
Bellomy tied for 13th (82-77-75-234) at the Big South Championship, but stands 8th among league scoring leaders (76.68). The product of Ona, W.Va., earned a pair of top-10 showings during the 2011-12 campaign. Bellomy produced a 4th-place tie at the Hurricane Invitational (70-74-82-226), where she recorded her collegiate low score in the opening round. She tied for 6th at the Xavier LPGA Invitational last fall.
Junior Teresa Urquizu finished 8th (72-84-72-228) at the Big South Championship, where she garnered her third top-10 of the year. A native of San Sebastian, Spain, Urquizu ranks 10th in scoring average (77.13) among Big South players and has shot a season-low 72 four times on the year. In addition to her showing at the Big South event, Urquizu tied for sixth at LPGA International and was runner-up at the Fighting Camel Classic.
Yost, Koh, Brooks and Urquizu were all named to the Big South All-Conference team.
Henderson, a three-time All-Conference honoree at Coastal, received an at-large bid to compete in the NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional May 10-12, on the Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Henderson will begin her quest to the 2012 NCAA Championships by playing a practice round at The Ohio State University Golf Club on Wednesday, May 9. The Central Regional consists of 54 holes, with 18 holes being played each day beginning at 8 a.m. The junior will be making her third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regionals and first as an individual.
Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, the Smiths Falls, Ontario native led Coastal to four top-10 finishes, including a regular season-best fourth-place finish at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational (March 13-14). In a tightly contested Big South Championship, the Chanticleers finished second, posting the ninth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.
Henderson again paced the Chants at the Big South Championship, as she had all spring, earning individual honors. She tied the Big South Championship all-time low round score with a 68 on the second day and set the tournament's all-time 54-hole score with a 2-under 214. Henderson holds a 75.43 stroke average and is currently ranked as the 160th individual by Golfweek and 193rd by Golfstat.
Additionally, Henderson compiled a pair of top 5, three top 10 and four top 20 finishes, while carding seven rounds of par or better along with one round in the 60's.
As a freshman in 2010, Henderson finished tied for 95 with a 234 (79-76-79) in the East Regional at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville, N.C. Last season, she tied for 78th (77-74-80=231) at the East Regional held on the Legends Course at LPGA International in Dayton Beach, Fla. She followed that performance with an 88th (tied) finish (81-71-81-77=310) at the 2011 NCAA Championships held at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.
Coastal Carolina has been represented in regional competition by the team or an individual in each of the last seven seasons, making team appearances in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Aruka Felguerso represented the Chants as an individual at the East Regional in 2007 and again in 2008 at the Central Regional.