BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell freshman Andrew Gai has been named Choice Hotels Big South Men's Golfer of the Week for events played Oct. 6-12. The freshman from Westport, Conn., finished third Sunday at the Philadelphia Big Five Invitational.
Gai shot a 1-over 141 (71-70) on the par-70, 6600-yards Plymouth Country Club layout to earn his second top three showing in three collegiate tournaments.
In Sunday's second round, he had three birdies on the course that yielded just two finishers in red numbers in the 114-golfer field. Gai's play helped the Camels finish second out of 22 teams in the event.
Gai is rated 65th in the latest Golfstat Cup ranking and his 70.38 stroke average stands second among all Big South Conference golfers. He was also named Big South Golfer of the Week on Sept. 15 after finishing second at the Golfweek Program Challenge.
As a team, the Camels have finished among the top five in each of their first three tournaments of the 2011-12 season. CU opened the year with a victory at the Golfweek Program Challenge (Sept. 11-13), tied for fourth at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 3-4); then finished second at the Philadelphia Big Five Invitational.
Campbell carries a number-61 national ranking in the latest Golfstat NCAA Head-to-Head listing into next week's Georgetown Intercollegiate at Beallsville, Md. As a team, Campbell owns a 285.9 average score. Gai (70.4), Vaita Guillaume (71.8), Mitch Gray (72.6) and Amanjyot Singh (72.6) all carry stroke averages below 73.
Last year, Campbell was the lone team in the 12-school field to finish in red numbers at five-under 847 (284-275-288) and won the Georgetown event by 10 strokes.
All five Camels who played in the 2010 Georgetown Intercollegiate were among the top 23 finishers, including returnees Vaita Guillaume (T4th, 70-67-74—211), Mitch Gray (T19, 72-71-74—217) and Amanjyot Singh (T23, 71-70-77—218) on the par-71, 6953-yard Members Club at Four Streams layout. Seniors Matt Moot (71-68-70—209) and Zak Drescher (75-70-70—215) tied for 2nd and 13th, respectively.
The 54-hole event begins with two rounds Monday, followed by Tuesday's final 18.