Campbell's Victory Leads Recent Women's Golf Action


Led by individual medalist Kaylin Yost, Campbell University won its own Fighting Camel Fall Classic intercollegiate women's golf tournament at Keith Hills Country Club.

After holding a two-stroke lead through 36 holes, Campbell fired a 306 on Tuesday to claim the team title (294-298-306-898) by eight shots over runner-up Old Dominion (297-297-312-906).  Longwood (309-296-313-918) was third and Cal State Fullerton fourth (312-309-304-925) in the 12-school event.

Campbell provided John Crooks with his 66th career women's coaching victory.  He moved into sole possession of 4th place on the NCAA Division I career tournament coaching wins list.  Overall, Crooks has guided the Campbell men and women to a combined 111 career tourney titles.

While breaking the tournament 54-hole team scoring record by four strokes, the Camels won their 14th Fighting Camel Classic title in the 18 times the event has been staged.  CU has claimed the team tourney crown on 5-straight occasions.

Yost finished the 54-hole tournament at one-over-par 217 (73-69-75) to gain medalist honors by three strokes over Se Ri Lee of Cal State Fullerton (74-75-71-220).  Yost had nine birdies and 36 pars and led the field with a one-over scoring average on the par 4 holes.

The title was the second career individual championship for Yost, who won the James Madison Eagle Landing Invitational last March.  Her 217 marked the second-lowest 54-hole tally in the event behind the 215 posted by last year's champion Amy Anderson of North Dakota State.

Yost, the 2012 Big South Conference Player of the Year, led a group of six Campbell players among the top 15 finishers.  Sophomore Brooke Bellomy (77-47-76-227), who topped the field with 41 pars, tied for eighth place, while junior Maria Jose Benavides (78-75-76-229) tied for 10th.

Sophomore Lisbeth Brooks (72-81-78-231), freshman Tahnia Ravnjak (72-81-78-231) and senior Teresa Urquizu (80-74-77-231) finished among a 5-way tie for 15th.  Brooks finished with 36 pars, while Urquizu led the event in par-3 scoring (-1) and notched 32 pars, plus 6 birdies.  Sophomore Babette Lemberger (82-79-80-242) tied for 34th in the 65-player field.

On Monday, Yost set a new tournament 36-hole record of 142 (73-69) after her six-birdie second round on the par-72, 6026-yard Keith Hills layout, which yielded just three rounds under par during the event.

Longwood University posted a final round of 313 Tuesday in women's golf for a 54-hole score of 918 (309-296-313) to finish in third place among 12 teams at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic

Senior Ariel Witmer (75-74-75) and junior Amanda Steinhagen (74-71-79) led the Lancers with their respective scores of 224 that tied for third place among the field of 65.  Witmer and Steinhagen were followed by junior Hannah Pierce (77-74-76--227, t-8th), senior Ha Lee (83-77-83--243, t-38th) and junior Megan McCracken (91-88-90--269, 62nd).

Winthrop closed out its fall season with a sixth place finish in the 54-hole Fighting Camel Fall Classic.  The Eagles shot 944 (315-308-321) to finish 46 shots behind tournament winner and host Campbell. 

Sophomore Jennifer Dilger and junior Megan Wallace tied for 10th at 13-over par 229 on the Par 72, 6,026-yard layout.  Dilger fired rounds of 76-73-80 while Wallace shot 79-77-73.  Eagle sophomore Rachel Wyatt tied for 45th with a total of 244 (76-79-89) while freshman Anna Jenkins finished 52nd at 252 (88-79-85) and sophomore Viivi Nuorti (Finland) was a shot back at 253 (90-83-80) and tied for 53rd place.

Gardner-Webb wrapped up its 2012 Fall season this week with an eighth-place team finish at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic.  The Runnin' Bulldogs carded team scores of 318 and 314 over the first two rounds on Monday, but struggled on day two with a team score of 331 on Tuesday to finish the two-day and three-round event with a combined team score of 963, +99.

Senior Sammy Vass, who carded the lowest round of the tournament for a GWU golfer with her second round 76, +4, paced the Runnin' Bulldogs with a combined two-day score of 239, +23.  Vass turned in rounds of 80, 76 and 83, posting four birdies overall, to finish in 28th-place overall.

Behind Vass was fellow seniors Hannah Hellyer and Lauren Smith who both shot a three-round combined score of 241, +25, to finish in a tie for 30th-place overall.  Hellyer, who posted six birdies for the event, carded rounds of 78, 79 and 84, while Smith recorded rounds of 81, 79 and 81 over the two-days of play.

Rounding at the competitors for GWU was senior Meghan Allum and freshman Mary Katherine Donovan.  Allum posted rounds of 80, 80 and 84 to finish with a combined score of 244, +28, and in a tie for 45th-place, one stroke ahead of Donovan's score of 245, +29, who came in a tie at 47th-place overall.  Donovan totaled a team-high seven birdies for the three-rounds of play.

Gardner-Webb junior Pilar Morgan played as an individual, registering rounds of 83, 85 and 83 to finish in a tie for 50th-place overall with her combined score of 251, +35.

Radford finished ninth at the Fighting Camel Classic after firing a 322 in the final round.  The Highlanders' 968 (332-314-322) allowed the squad to post its fourth Top-10 showing out of the five tournaments played this fall.

Recording their fourth and third Top-25 showings of the season, respectively, were Alexandra Austin and Hayley Hammond.  Austin (78-79-80) and Hammond (81-78-78) finished at 237 to tie for 25th.  Paige Reese carded a team-best 77 in the final round to finish tied for 38th at 243 (89-77-77).

Kirsty Condon concluded the tournament in 56th place with a three-round total of 255 (85-83-87), while Katie Parrott finished two strokes behind at 257 (88-80-89) to lock down 57th place.

The Camels and Highlanders continue their fall slate this weekend (Oct. 27-28) at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C.  Longwood will play again this weekend, October 26-28, at the 54-hole Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. 

The High Point University women's golf team picked up a 317-319 win over Gardner-Webb in its lone dual match of the season on Saturday at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C. Freshman Tan Cheeranont finished in second place with a 77.  The dual match marks the end of the fall season for High Point.

Cheeranont finished just one-stroke back of individual winner Mary Katherine Donovan of Gardner-Webb.  Senior Audra McShane, sophomore Grier Bennett and freshman Casey Ward all shot an 80 on the day to account for HPU's other counted scores.

Senior Jessica Neese shot an 84 while junior Margaret Suchan and sophomore Kaila Tuccio each shot 81 while competing as individuals.

Gardner-Webb had the top-four performers in terms of the lowest scores of the designated five players.  GWU senior Lauren Smith finished fourth overall, with her 79, +7, while fellow seniors Hannah Hellyer and Meghan Allum rounded out the scoring for the Runnin' Bulldogs with their respective rounds of 81, +9, and 83, +11.