Gardner-Webb, Campbell Highlight Opening of Women's Golf Action


All five Campbell golfers finished among the top seven individuals as the Camels rolled to a 40-stroke victory Tuesday in the Golfweek Program Challenge at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

For the second-straight year, Campbell also won the combined men's and women's program challenge.  With 1738 strokes, Campbell had 24 fewer than Central Arkansas (1762), which won the men's tournament Tuesday at True Blue Golf Club.

Brooke Bellomy claimed individual honors and Campbell set a school team record for lowest 54-hole tournament score.  CU's three-day tally of 860 (286-288-286) strokes on the par-71, 6003-yard Caledonia layout eclipsed the previous school mark of 877 (300-287-290), set nearly six years ago at the 2006 Shoot-out at the Legends, by 17 shots.

Bellomy fired the lowest 54-hole score (68-75-68-211) in school history with collegiate career low rounds on the first and last days of the event.  She bettered the previous record (212) set by Alejandra Shaw at the 2007 Atlantic Sun Championship.

Bellomy had five birdies Tuesday, including one on the par-four 18th hole to set the Campbell mark and earn her first collegiate title.  She is the 22nd different player to win a tournament title since Campbell started its women's program in 1989-90.  The performance marked her third career top-10 individual finish.

Campbell junior Kaylin Yost, the 2012 Big South Conference player of the year, matched her lowest collegiate score (215) after shooting consecutive one-under 70s over the final two days.  She finished third in the 60-golfer field at two-over-par.  Yost's final round included birdies on the par-4 first and par-4 13th holes, plus 15 pars.  The lone blemish Tuesday was a bogey on the par-four 14th.  She also fired 215 strokes last March while winning the James Madison Eagle Landing Invitational.

Lisbeth Brooks, the 2012 Big South freshman of the year, notched her fourth career top-10 showing by finishing sixth.  The sophomore shot 73-72-74-219 to complete the event at six-over-par and establish a collegiate personal best 54-hole mark.

In her collegiate debut, freshman Tahnia Ravnjak (70-75-75-220) finished in a 3-way tie with teammate Teresa Urquizu (75-71-74-220) for seventh place.  Ravnjak finished the day with 14 pars.  The lone senior on the Camel squad, Urquizu completed the tourney with eight birdies and an eagle.  She came up just one stroke shy of matching her best collegiate 54-hole mark (219), set at the South Florida Waterlefe Invitational in 2010.

Head coach John Crooks moved into a tie for fourth place on the NCAA Division I women's all-time tournament coaching victories list with his 65th tourney trophy since taking over the program in 1991.  He rates second behind only Dan Brooks of Duke (112) among active NCAA I women's head coaches.

Campbell continues its fall season Sept. 24-26 in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Wolcott, Colo.

In her very first intercollegiate tournament of her career, Gardner-Webb freshman Mary Katherine Donovan took first-place overall and helped to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a second-place team finish at the Terrier Intercollegiate hosted by Wofford College at the par-72, 5,972-yard Country Club of Spartanburg.

The Gardner-Webb women's golf team, who carded a then tournament record team-low round of 294, +6, on Monday, turned in a second round team score of 303, +15, on Tuesday, to finish in second-place overall with a two-day combined team score of 597, +21, and two strokes behind the team winner in UNC Pembroke.

Donovan followed up her tournament record setting 68, -4 under par, first round on Monday, with a 75, +3, second round on Tuesday, to finish with a two-day combined score of 143, -1 under par, placing her in first-place overall by one stroke.  Donovan's score of 143, -1 under par, is a Terrier Intercollegiate 36-hole record.

Gardner-Webb seniors Meghan Allum, who posted rounds of 72 and 76 to finish in a tie for eighth-place overall at 148, +4, and Lauren Smith, who turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to finish in a tie for 15th-place overall at 150, +6, both posted top-15 finishes overall.

Fellow seniors Sammy Vass and Hannah Hellyer each recorded a 79, +7, on Tuesday, which put Vass in a tie for 27th-place overall at 156, +12, and Hellyer in a tie at 50th overall with a two-round combined score of 161, +17.  Playing as an individual for the event, junior Pilar Morgan carded rounds of 80 and 81 to finish in a tie for 50th-place overall at 161, +17.

The High Point University women's golf team shot 309 for the second-straight day to finish eighth at the Terrier Intercollegiate with a combined team score of 618 on Tuesday.  Sophomore Grier Bennett led the Panthers, tying her career-low with a one-over 73 on the day.

Bennett finished the Terrier tied for sixth with a two-day score of 147 (74-73).  The sophomore was tied for second in the tournament with seven birdies over 36 holes.  Her sixth-place finish and 36-hole score are both new career-lows.

Freshman Tan Cheeranont turned in her second-straight score of 77 to finish her first collegiate tournament in a tie for 21st with a 36-hole total of 154 (77).  Senior Audra McShane shot a second-round 80 and finished in a tie for 32nd with a score of 157 (77-80). Freshman Casey Ward shaved a stroke off her first-round score with a second-round 80 and finished in a tie for 50h with a two-round score of 161 (81-80).  Junior Margaret Suchan recovered from an opening round 87 with a 79 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 63rd with a total score of 166.

The Presbyterian College women's golf team opened their fall season by shooting 639 (321, 318) and finishing 11th at the Terrier Intercollegiate on Tuesday.  Senior Micah Dowling led the team with a score of 155 (80, 75), tying for 25th, on the par-72, 5,972-yard course at the Country Club of Spartanburg.  Freshman MJ Nogay started her collegiate career with a score of 159 (81, 78) to tie for 40th.  Senior Kim Carpenter tied for 50th a couple strokes back at 161 (81, 80).  Junior Morgan Bentley shot a collegiate-best to tie for 58th at 164 (79, 85).  Freshman Libby Crawford rounded out the team by tying for 69th at 172 (83, 89).

Gardner-Webb abd High Point return to the links in two weeks, as both squads will compete in the Highlander Invitational on Sunday, September 23, at the Draper Valley Golf Club in Draper Valley, Va.  The Blue Hose will return to play at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, N.C. from September 17-18.

Alexandra Austin her third consecutive 6-over 76 to finish in a tie for second at 228, while the Radford women's golf team finished two shots off the pace set by Boston University after the final round of the Bison Intercollegiate on Sunday.

Playing on the par 70, 5,981-yard Bucknell University Golf Club, the Terriers fired a three-round ledger of 930 (317-304-309) to post a one-shot victory over Rutgers and Seton Hall.  Entering the final round with a two-shot advantage, the Highlanders carded a 314 - despite playing with just four players - to give them a three-round total of 932 (314-304-314).

Kirsty Condon finished in a tie for 17th to post her fifth career Top-20 performance. Condon shot an 80 in the final round for a 235 total.  Paige Reese fired a 79 to tie for 23rd at 238, while Katie Parrott shot a 79 as well, ending up in a tie for 35th at 243.

Radford returns home to host the Highlander Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 23.  The 36-hole event will be played at Draper Valley Golf Club.

Amanda D'Ostroph led the Buccaneers in their first action of the 2012 season, finishing with a team-best 231 on the weekend as Charleston Southern finished 24th overall at the Cougar Classic held at Yeaman's Hall Country Club over Monday and Tuesday.

Torey Johnson held the low round of the day for the Buccaneers, firing a 79 over the final 18 holes as Charleston Southern finished with a 934 over the three day tournament, finishing behind tournament champion University of Florida.

D'Ostroph, who recorded the low round of the tournament for the Buccaneers on the second day with a 73, carded a final day 80 in finishing out the event with a 231 to finish tied for 93rd overall.  Johnson, aided by her final round 79, finished two strokes back with a 233, while Casey MacNeil finished with a 236 in her first collegiate tournament.

Vanessa Jay and Katelyn Bensch closed out the tournament as well for new head coach Matthew Cram-Smith, finishing with a 238 and 241 respectively.

The Lady Bucs are back on the course on September 17-18 as they travel to Louisville, Ky. to take part in the Cardinal Cup, hosted by the University of Louisville.