Benavides and Yost to play in Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship

Campbell University golfers Maria Jose Benavides and Kaylin Yost will participate in the second annual Hooters Women's Collegiate Team Championship Presented by the National Golf Coaches Association, Aug. 2-4 at Dahlonega, Ga.

The most unique summertime national women's amateur championship is set to begin Tuesday at Achasta, By Reynolds.

Fifty-eight (58) two-person teams will be competing comprised of top current women's collegiate golfers. Each team will pair players from the same university in a 54-hole stroke play event.

The format of the Championship is Day 1 (Aug. 2): Alternate Shot; Day 2 (Aug. 3): Best Ball; and Day 3 (Aug. 4): Aggregate Score of the two players.  Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including 47 Division I, 6 Division II, and 5 Division III programs.

"Kaylin and Maria Jose are showing initiative and confidence playing in the Hooters Championship," said Campbell head coach John Crooks.  "They decided on their own to play against the best competition in the nation as the best way to prepare for the upcoming season. I expect they will do very well."

Achasta, by Reynolds is located one hour north of Atlanta. The par-72, 6995-yard Jack Nicklaus signature course is situated in a picturesque valley.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Play will begin daily at 8:00 a.m. (7:30 a.m. for the final round) with tee times starting on both No.-1 and No.-10. 

Benavides participated in all 10 of Campbell's events during her freshman year of 2010-11, producing a 79.5 stroke average (2278 strokes over 30 rounds) to rank seventh among Atlantic Sun Conference freshmen. 

Her best showing of the season came in the Cincinnati Spring Invitational at Plantation Inn Golf Resort in Crystal River, Fla., where she shot 73-77-78—228 and tied for 20th place.  The product of Lerma, Mexico tied for 36th place at the 2011 Atlantic Sun Championship.

Before arriving at CU, Benavides won the 2008 Mexican junior national championship.

A member of the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference all-freshman team, Yost played in each of Campbell's 10 events during the campaign and compiled a 77.9 stroke average (2339 strokes over 30 rounds). 

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). 

Yost was ranked among the top-10 high school players in the state of Florida in 2010.

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.

Representatives from two fellow Big South Conference members will also play in the Hooters Championship.  Two pairs from Charleston Southern -- Katelyn Bensch and Amanda D'Ostroph plus Jordan Hollinshead and Torey Johnson -- will compete in the event as will Coastal Carolina teammates Jessica Alexander and Courtney Boe.