September 23, 2011

Campbell returns to action at New Mexico Dick McGuire Invitational

Branch Law Firm / Dick McGuire Invitational Live Scoring

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Riding a combined team championship and third-place tournament finish at the Golfweek Program Challenge, Campbell University continues its fall women's golf schedule Sunday and Monday at the Branch Law Firm / Dick McGuire Invitational.

The 18-team field includes host New Mexico, Baylor, Campbell, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Iowa, Iowa State, North Texas, Northern Arizona, Northwestern, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, TCU, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.  

Pepperdine is the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 22 in the latest Golf World/NGCA poll.  Iowa State is No. 26 and TCU 30th.  Campbell is ranked 46th.

The tournament begins with two rounds on Sunday, beginning with an 8:00 a.m. MDT shotgun start.  The final round is an 8:00 a.m. MDT shotgun start on Monday on the par-73, 6187-yard UNM Championship Course.

Campbell will field the same lineup that finished third in the women's tournament earlier this month at the Golfweek Program Challenge in Pawley's Island, S.C.

Michelle Koh finished sixth overall in the women's tournament at six-over-par 219 (72-72-75) at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.  She then paired with Campbell senior Mitch Gray in a male-female, alternating shot, sudden-death playoff with East Carolina to win the combined team title for the Camels.

Campbell posted a team total of 883 strokes (292-295-296), which tied the 4th-best 54-hole team showing in the program's history.

A senior from Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh earned her sixth career top-10 individual finish at Caledonia.  She enters the New Mexico event ranked 133rd in the country in the latest Golfstat Cup standings (73.00).

Freshman Lisbeth Brooks and sophomore Kaylin Yost also produced top-20 individual finishes for Campbell at the Golfweek Program Challenge.  One day after shooting the second-lowest round in Lady Camel golf history, Brooks earned a top-15 showing in her collegiate debut.  The native of Waunakee, Wisc., shot 78-67-77—222 to tie for 14th place at nine-over par.

Yost, a sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., recorded the team's low score of the final day – even-par 71 – and tied for 16th place at 10-over 223 (74-78-71).

Brooks (74.00) is ranked 216th in the latest Golfstat Cup standings, while Yost is tied for 247th (74.33).

Freshman Brooke Bellomy (74-78-73—225) of Ona, W.Va., tied for 22nd in her first collegiate event after birdying two of her final four holes to shoot two-over for the day.   Junior Teresa Urquizu (72-85-79—236) from San Sebastian, Spain tied for 43rd place.

Since it was officially opened in 1967, The UNM Championship Golf Course has been one of the finest facilities of its kind nationwide. It has been nationally recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top-25 public courses in the country, and in January of 1991 Golfweek Magazine rated all public and private courses in the country by state, and dubbed The Championship Course the number one course to play in New Mexico.

In 1998, Golfweek tabbed the Championship Course No. 2 in the West, behind only the Stanford University Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.  It was the site of the 1950, 1976 and 1992 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships as well as the 1998 NCAA Championships. In 1987 the course was the sight of the women's NCAA tourney.

The Championship Course has been home to the William H. Tucker Invitational for the past 43 years, and in 2010 it hosted the 56th incarnation of the event. The course has also been home to three Western Athletic Conference Men's Championships (1979, 1982, 1989).

Since 1979, The Championship Course has also been home to the prestigious Dick McGuire Intercollegiate, a major tournament in women's college golf.

Like most class layouts, The Championship Course flashes a personality all its own. The course, which plays to 6187 yards and par 73 for the women and 7248 yards, par-72 for the men, boasts fairways that stretch out long and wide, bobbing up and down, both right and left - all factors that make it difficult to reach the rolling, well-manicured greens. Stray shots often land in the rough, loose desert sand, water or sagebrush.