BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Heading into its first tournament of the 2011-12 campaign, Campbell University has been listed among the nation's top 50 programs in the Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women's Preseason (NGCA) Coaches' Poll.
Head coach John Crooks' women's team received the 46th-most votes in the poll, which was topped by defending NCAA champion UCLA.
"Being ranked 46th in a preseason poll is an honor for the University's program," said Crooks, who is entering his 21st year in charge of the women's squad. "The coaches that voted for Campbell University's women's team must like my team almost as much as I do."
Campbell ended its 17-year run in the Atlantic Sun Conference by placing among the top two schools in the league championship 15 times, including a record eight team titles. CU re-joined the Big South Conference (of which it was a charter member from 1983-94) on July 1, 2011.
The Camels return three starters, including two all-conference performers, from last year's squad that finished as A-Sun runner-up.
Michelle Koh was a second-team all-conference performer, while Kaylin Yost was chosen for the all-freshman team.
Koh produced her best collegiate finish in this year's A-Sun Championship with a third-place tie. The junior from Kuantan, Malaysia notched four top-20 showings, including a tie for fourth at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. She was ranked number-233 in the country by Golfstat.com with a 75.9 stroke average (2277 strokes over 30 rounds).
On Oct. 25, 2010, Koh set school 18- (66) and 36-hole (139) records when she fired a five-under-par 66 in the second round on the par-71 layout. Through three varsity seasons, the 2009 A-Sun all-freshman team member has 13 career top-20 finishes.
Yost played in each of Campbell's 10 events during the campaign and compiled a 77.9 stroke average (2339 strokes over 30 rounds), fourth-best on the team. She saved her best performance of the year for the A-Sun Championship, where she tied for seventh place (77-76-73—226), where she was deadlocked with Hayley Clinning of Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State's Larissa Steinfeldt and Mallory Viera of Stetson as low freshman in the event.
The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native shot a season-low round of one-under-par 71 at the Eagle Landing Invitational on Mar. 13. She had top-25 individual finishes at the Kiawah Island Classic (T21) and Eagle Landing (T23).
Koh, Yost and the Camels open their 2011-12 campaign, Sept. 11-13 at the Golfweek Challenge, which will be played at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawley's Island, S.C.
Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll
Pre-Season Poll | Sept. 5 Issue
NCAA Women's Division I
Rank / Team (1st place) / Points / 2011 NCAA finish
1. UCLA (22) / 707 / 1st
2. Southern California (6) / 651 / T-5th
3. Alabama (1) / 633 / T-8th
4. LSU (3) / 554 / 3rd
5. Virginia / 483 / 4th
6. Purdue / 482 / 2nd
7. Duke / 479 / DNP
8. Arizona State / 458 / 17th
9. North Carolina / 406 / T-8th
10. Arkansas / 405 / T-5th
11. Tennessee / 401 / 13th
12. Arizona / 389 / 15th
13. California / 385 / 12th
14. Wake Forest / 335 / 14th
15. Vanderbilt / 320 / T-10th
16. Florida / 315 / T-10th
17. Georgia / 241 / DNP
18. Auburn / 216 / DNP
19. Michigan State / 188 / DNP
20. Texas A&M / 135 / 7th
21. Stanford / 133 /23rd
22. Pepperdine / 128 / DNP
23. Texas / 118 / DNP
24. Tulane / 102 / DNP
25. Notre Dame / 97 / 22nd
Also receiving votes: Iowa State, 90; UC Davis, 79; South Carolina, 64; Washington, 45; TCU, 41; Oklahoma, 37; Ohio State, 35; Colorado, 26; Kent State, 24; Florida State, 22; Coastal Carolina, 21; N.C. State, 20; Oregon, 20; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 19; Oklahoma State, 19; CSU-Fullerton, 16; Louisville, 14; Texas Tech, 11; Texas State, 10; Georgia State, 8; Campbell, 7; Colorado State, 5; East Carolina, 4; New Mexico, 4; Ohio, 4; Chattanooga, 2; Tulsa, 2.