BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will seek to continue its strong women's golf fall season this weekend when the Camels participate in the Palmetto Intercollegiate hosted by the College of Charleston.
The 18-school field includes Campbell, which is rated 65th nationally, and six other teams included among the nation's top 100 in the latest Golfstat.com NCAA head-to-head rankings. Kansas State enters the event at No.-64, followed by Campbell (65), Maryland (67), East Tennessee State (81), UNC Greensboro (85), host College of Charleston (88) and Kansas (98).
Play begins Sunday with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start for 36 holes at the par-72, 5907-yard Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C. Monday's final round is set for a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.
Campbell is coming off a victory at the Xavier LPGA International Invitational (Oct. 7-9) and has finished among the top four teams in three of its first four outings this fall.
The Camels return to a Palmetto Intercollegiate event where the team has turned in memorable performances in the past. Campbell won the team tournament crown in both 2004 and 2006.
Last year, CU finished third in the Palmetto Intercollegiate behind Michelle Koh's fourth-place individual showing (73-66-77—216). Koh set a school 18-hole record with a 6-under-par 66 in the second round as CU broke the team 18-hole mark (284) the same day.
A senior from Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh is coming off a runner-up showing at the rain-shortened Xavier LPGA International event. She also had top-15 individual finishes at the Golfweek Program Challenge (T6th, 72-72-75—219) and UNCG Starmount Fall Classic (13th, 80-74-73—227) and carries a stroke average of 75.6 into the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
CU's freshman class of Lisbeth Brooks and Brooke Bellomy enters this weekend's play ranked 11th in the nation by Golfstat. Bellomy, who hails from Ona, W.Va., carries a 75.5 stroke average over four events and is coming off a 6th-place tie at the Xavier tournament.
Brooks, a product of Waunakee, Wisc., is averaging 75.6 strokes per round and has finished among the top-26 individuals in each of her four tournaments.
Junior Teresa Urquizu of San Sebastian, Spain owns a 77.2 stroke average following a sixth-place tie at LPGA International. She also tied for 19th at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic.
The LPGA International victory was the 62nd women's career tournament coaching win for Campbell's John Crooks and moved the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Famer into a tie with Mimi Ryan, who coached Florida to 62 tourney titles from 1970-94, into fifth place on the all-time Division I list. Crooks stands 2nd behind Dan Brooks of Duke, who has amassed 110 career titles, on the active NCAA Division I women's coaching list.
Now in his 21st year as head coach of the Campbell women's program and 22nd in charge of the Campbell men, Crooks has totaled 105 career men's and women's coaching triumphs, including a victory last month at the Golfweek Men's Program Challenge. His men and women also won the combined title at the event in a sudden-death, male-female, alternate shot play-off.
Crooks' women's teams have claimed at least one tournament title in 20 of his 21 years in charge of the program.
Following this week's play, Campbell concludes its fall schedule by hosting the Fighting Camel Classic, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Keith Hills Country Club.