Campbell's Top Five Finish Leads This Week's Women's Golf Action


Led by three golfers among the top 20 individuals, Campbell University finished fourth in the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic Tuesday.

Ranked 17th in the latest NCAA head-to-head ratings, Campbell produced its third-straight top-five team finish.  With four players among the top six individuals, East Tennessee State won the 16-team event at even-par 852 (287-283-282), 24 strokes ahead of runner-up Maryland (287-291-298-876).

No. 20 East Carolina (296-293-292-881) was third, followed by Campbell (305-293-290-888) and James Madison (300-292-301-893).

F.Gustafsson Spang of East Carolina (66-70-70-206) claimed top individual honors at 7-under-par, 6 strokes ahead of Sian Evans from ETSU (70-71-71-212).

Individually, Campbell was led by 2012 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year Lisbeth Brooks, who tied for 12th, her second top-20 showing of the year.  She shot 73-75-73-221 on the par-71, 6265-yard Starmount Forest CC layout to finish at 8-over par.

In her first outing of the season, Campbell junior Maria Jose Benavides produced her best collegiate finish, a 17th-place tie.  Benavides shot 77 in Monday's opening round, then tied her collegiate low round (73) twice to finished the event at 10-over 223.  Benavides had an eagle-2 on the par-4, 350-yard 15th hole Tuesday.

Senior Teresa Urquizu tied for 19th (78-75-71-224) after shooting an even-par 71 on Tuesday.  She played the final 16 holes of the event 3-under-par.  Sophomore Brooke Bellomy (78-70-78-226) and junior Kaylin Yost (77-76-73-226) tied for 26th place.  Yost was 2-under over her last 9 holes.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Babette Lemberger shot a collegiate low round of 75 Tuesday and tied for 66th (78-86-75-239) in the 88-golfer field.

The Runnin' Bulldogs carded rounds of 306, 304 and 305 to finish the three-round combined score of 915, +63, to finish in 10th-place overall over the two-day event.  The 10th-place finish put the Runnin' Bulldogs ahead of Winthrop, Jacksonville, Western Carolina, host UNC Greensboro, High Point and Eastern Kentucky.

Seniors Hannah Hellyer and Sammy Vass paced the Runnin' Bulldogs on Monday and Tuesday, as each upperclassman posted a three-round combined score of 227, +14, to place in a five-way tie for 30th-place overall.  Hellyer carded rounds of 73, 73 and 81 en route to her score of 227, +14, while Vass posted rounds of 74, 77 and 76 over the two-day event to achieve her score of 227, +14.

Fellow seniors Meghan Allum and Lauren Smith were not far behind, as Allum shot rounds of 79, 78 and 74 to finish in a tie for 46th-place overall with a tournament score of 231, +18, while Smith finished only one stroke behind Allum with her combined score of 232, +19, to finish in a tie at 48th-place.  Smith registered rounds of 80, 76 and 76 over the two-day event.

Rounding out the scoring for GWU was freshman Mary Katherine Donovan who carded rounds of 82, 78 and 79 to finish in a tie for 66th-place overall with a combined score of 239, +26.

The Winthrop women's golf team finished 11th out of 16 schools at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic.  The Eagles opened the 54-hole event on Monday with two rounds and stood in a tie for 10th place entering Tuesday's final round, but could not make up any ground as they shot 309 on the last day to finish at 918 (307-302-309) and 66 shots behind tournament champion East Tennessee.

Winthrop was again led by junior transfer Meagan Wallace who finished in a tie for 19th place after shooting 11-over par 24 (75-71-78).  She was tied for 8th place heading into the final round.  Sophomore Jennifer Dilger tied for 30th after shooting 227 (74-75-78).  Junior Allison Lee tied for 52nd at 234 (80-77-76) while Rachel Wyatt tied for 56th at 234 (78-79-77).  Rounding out the Winthrop performances was Anna Jenkins who came in 77th at 249 (85-83-81).

The High Point University women's golf team finished the 2012 UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament in 15th out of 16 teams after the team shot a combined 307 in the third and final round.  Tuesday's score paired with a 324 and 326 in the first two rounds gave the Panthers a three-round score of 957.

Sophomore Grier Bennett was once again the low scorer for HPU after turning in her lowest round of the tournament, 76, on Tuesday.  Bennett finished with a three-round 236 (79-81-76) and in a tie for 61st overall.  One-stroke behind the sophomore was senior Jessica Neese who matched Bennett's 76 on the day.  Neese improved each round as she shot 81 and 80 on Monday and finished in 65th .

Senior Audra McShane and freshmen Tan Cheeranont and Casey Ward finished within three strokes of each other in the tournament.  McShane scored a 244 (81-84-79) and finished in 71st, Cheeranont fired a 245 (87-81-77) and finished in a tie for 72nd, and Ward (83-85-78) finished with a 246 and in a tie for 74th.

Campbell continues its fall schedule Oct. 22-23 when it hosts the Fighting Camel Classic at Keith Hills Country Club.  Winthrop and Gardner-Webb will return to competition next week, as the Eagles host the Winthrop Intercollegiate on October 6-7th in Rock Hill, S.C.  High Point is off for a week before it returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Greenville, N.C., to take part in the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.

Longwood University posted a final round of 295 Sunday in women's golf for a 54-hole score of 902 (307-300-295) to finish sixth among 17 teams at the 37th Nittany Lion Invitational hosted by Penn State University of the Big Ten Conference and played at the Penn State Blue Golf Course in University Park, Pennsylvania. 

Penn State won the tournament with its 292-283-287--862 at the 6,229-yard, par 72 layout, while Nittany Lion Ellen Ceresko took individual medalist honors at eight-under-par 69-69-70--208. 

Lancer senior Ariel Witmer led the Lancers with her score of 76-72-71--219 that tied for eighth among the field of 103.  Witmer posted a new collegiate-best for 54 holes and was followed closely by junior Amanda Steinhagen (77-74-69--220, 10th), junior Hannah Pierce 76-74-77--227, t-27th), senior Ha Lee (78-80-78--236, t-59th) and junior Megan McCracken (88-85-91--264, 100th). 

Pierce also posted a collegiate-best for 54 holes, and McCracken equaled her collegiate-best.  Steinhagen's final-round 69 tied for the second-best round of the day, while the Lancers' team score of 295 was the fifth-best on the day.
Penn State was followed among the top-10 by Harvard (886), Old Dominion (892), College of Charleston (895), Minnesota (898), Princeton (900), Longwood (902), Columbia (904), Yale (907) and Western Michigan (913).

Longwood will play again at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate on October 8-9, a 54-hole event hosted by East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.