Campbell's Brooke Bellomy Wins West Virginia State Amateur Title
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Campbell rising sophomore Brooke Bellomy led wire to wire, posting a final round of 73 to win the 89th West Virginia Women's Amateur at Berry Hills Country Club.
The 19-year-old CU golfer bogeyed her first two holes on Thursday, the final day of competition, before finishing with a second straight 3-over-par 73, claiming an eight-stroke victory on the par-70, 5,023-yard course.
Bellomy finished runner-up the past two years at the W.Va. Amateur by one stroke each time.
The Ona, W.Va. native notched rounds of 71-73-73 for a seven-over 217. Runner-up Kimberly Eaton matched Bellomy's low round on Thursday with a 73, but finished with a 225 overall.
Bellomy began the final round with an eight-shot lead over four different golfers.
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.
Bellomy and fellow Campbell sophomore to be Lisbeth Brooks will represent the Camels in the third-annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship presented by the National Golf Coaches Association. 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.
Read more on Bellomy's win at www.wvgazette.com (story by Tommy R. Atkinson).