Campbell's Fifth Place Finish Highlights Recent Women's Golf Play


Brooke Bellomy
, Kaylin Yost and Michelle Koh placed among the top 10 individuals and Campbell finished 5th in the team standings after Tuesday's final round of the Hurricane Invitational intercollegiate women's golf tournament at Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club.

Bellomy (70-74-82) led after 36 holes, but finished the event tied with Yost (78-72-76) for fourth place at 13-over 226 on the par-71, 6017-yard Deering Bay layout.

Bellomy shot a collegiate career-low 70 in Monday's first round, marking the low 18-hole score in the event.  Her fourth-place finish was her best of the season, eclipsing a sixth-place tie last fall at the Xavier LPGA International Invitatonal.

Charlotte Lorentzen of Georgia State won individual honors at six-over 219 (74-73-72).  No one in the 86-player field shot par or better on Tuesday.  Ginger Mak of James Madison was second (76-71-73-220), while Alice Choi of Georgetown (76-74-75-225) finished third.

Sixteenth-ranked Ohio State (308-297-313-918) won a two-hole playoff against host Miami (306-291-321-918) to claim team honors.  Georgia State (305-305-316-926) was third, followed by Kennesaw State (299-310-319-928) and Campbell (313-306-310-929).

Future Big South member Longwood (938) finished sixth, ahead of Michigan (943) and Georgetown (947) in the 16-team field.

Yost recorded the team's low round on Tuesday and moved up to produce her third top-10 finish in the last four outings (78-72-76-226).

Koh tied for 7th (75-77-77-229), marking her fourth top-10 showing of the year.  Freshman Lisbeth Brooks tied for 31st (79-80-78-237), sophomore Maria Jose Benavides tied for 34th (82-77-79-238) and junior Teresa Urquizu tied for 54th (81-81-86-248).

Bellomy and sophomore Alexandra Prazak (T60th, 79-87-83-249) competed as individuals and did not count toward the team score.

Campbell continues its Spring Break trip to Florida Friday at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational at Daytona Beach.

Coastal Carolina women's golf team fired a 314 on the second round of the weather-shortened Darius Rucker Intercollegiate to finish 14th overall as it carded a 36-hole total of 621.  The event was originally scheduled for 54-holes, but was shorted to 36-holes due to inclement weather and team travel arrangements.

The field, featuring 12 top 50 teams in the nation, of which four entered the event ranked among the nation's top 10, was led by champion Alabama (288-283=571).  The second-ranked Crimson Tide defeated 10th-ranked North Carolina by 11 strokes and fifth-ranked Vanderbilt by 22.

For the first time this season, Jessica Alexander led the Chanticleer contingent, tying for 27th.  She carded rounds of 73-78 for a total of 9-over par 151.  The junior did post three birdies over the two days, on the par-71 course that finished with a 77.12 scoring average.  Alexander closed her second round Sunday morning with a bogey and a double.  However, she did shoot par on 14 holes.

Brittany Henderson opened the event with a 7-over 78.  She bounced back in the second round with one of only eight birdies on the par-5 509-yard third hole and would post a team-best 5-over 76 despite the soggy conditions.  The junior tied for 38th with a 36-hole total of 154.

Senior Kaitlin Higginbotham equaled Henderson to tie for 38th, carding rounds of 74-80 for a total of 154.  She had no birdies, but managed 10 pars in her second round for an 80.

Frida Castillo and Courtney Boe rounded the Chanticleers' scorers.  Castillo shot rounds of 82-80, while Boe turned in rounds of 82-94.  Castillo finished the second round with a Coastal-best three birdies.  Boe finished her round parring three of her final four holes.

Up next for Coastal Carolina is the annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational hosted by Hawai'i, March 13-14, at the Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course.  The Chants will then stay out west and compete in the San Diego State hosted Battle at Rancho Bernardo.

The Gardner-Webb women's golf team was led by juniors Hannah Hellyer and Sammy Vass, as the two took first-place and second-place, respectively, to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a two-day match play win over the High Point Panthers in the St. Augustine Surf and Turf tournament on March 4-5 in St. Augustine, Fla.

The two-day event featured two matches between Gardner-Webb and High Point.  The Runnin' Bulldogs turned in a combined two-day team score of 647 to defeat High Point who recorded a combined team score of 655.

On a very windy Sunday, the Runnin' Bulldogs carded a combined team score of 322 to finish five strokes ahead of High Point on day one of play at the St. Augustine Surf and Turf at the Palencia Club.

On Monday, both teams played for the first time at the Marsh Creek Country Club with Gardner-Webb edging out High Point once more, this time 325 to 328 to secure the match play win.

Hellyer, who led the way on Sunday with a round of 74, +2, posted a round of 80, +8, on Monday to finish with a two-day combined score of 154, +10, to claim first-place overall on the individual leaderboard.

Vass led the way on day two of the two-day event, carding a 78, +6, to finish the two-day event in second-place with a combined score of 161, +17, finishing just ahead of fellow teammate Meghan Allum who turned in rounds of 80 and 83 to finish in a four-way tie for third with a score of 163, +19.

Rounding out the scoring for the GWU women's golf team was junior Lauren Smith, who carded rounds of 85 and 84 to finish with a combined score of 169, +25, good enough for eighth-place overall, and senior Courtney Finocchiaro who finished in 12th-place with a combined score of 180, +36.

Sophomore Pilar Morgan, who played as an individual for the two-day event, posted a low round 77, +5, on Monday at the Marsh Creek Country Club to finish with a combined score of 163, +19, to finish in a tie for third-place overall.

Fellow GWU lady golfer Brianna Clemmons also played as an individual, as she recorded a two-day combined score of 177, +33, to place 11th overall individually over the 36-hole event.

Gardner-Webb will return to the links for competition this weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldog lady golfers will head north to compete at the Spider Spring Break Women's Invitational hosted by the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. on March 10-11th.

HPU sophomore Angela Gimenez fired an 80 on Monday to finish the tournament with a two-day score of 163 (83-80).  She led the Panthers and tied for third overall.  Junior Audra McShane matched her first round score and shot an 82 to finish with a 164 while fellow junior Jessica Neese improved eight strokes to card an 81.  Neese shot an 89 on Sunday to end the tournament with a 170.

The freshman combination of Grier Bennett and Kaila Tuccio rounded out the HPU five with Bennett shooting an 85 to finish at 165 (80-85) and Tuccio turning in a 91 to go along with her 82 from Sunday to finish the two-day event with a 173.

Sophomore Margaret Suchan shot a 181 over two days (90-91) and fellow sophomore Jordan Coakley followed her first round 97 with another 97 to finish with a 36-hole score of 194.  Both competed as individuals.

High Point is off until March 18 when it heads to Williamsburg, Va., to take part in the 2012 C&F Bank Invitational.  The three-day event is hosted by William & Mary.