Campbell wins Fighting Camel Classic by 21 strokes

Campbell University
2011 Fighting Camel Classic team champion
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Campbell University 2011 Fighting Camel Classic team champion (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Five Camels placed among the top 10 individuals and Campbell University won the 17th Fighting Camel Classic by 21 strokes Tuesday at Keith Hills Country Club.


Teresa Urquizu and Kaylin Yost produced collegiate best finishes for Campbell, which won its second tournament of the season and produced its fifth top-four finish in six outings.


A junior from San Sebastian, Spain, Urquizu finished second individually at three-over 219 973-74-72) following an even-par 72 in Tuesday's final round.  Yost, a sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was third at 8-over 224 (72-79-73).


Campbell freshmen Lisbeth Brooks (77-74-83—234) and Johanne Svendsen (74-82-78—234) and senior Michelle Koh (78-76-80—234) finished in a tie for 10th place at 18-over.


Amy Anderson of North Dakota State shot a tournament 54-hole record 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday and claimed individual medalist honors at one-under 215 (75-73-67).  She was the lone golfer in the 70-player field to finish in red numbers on the par-72, 6012-yard Keith Hills Orange & Black layout.


Urquizu's and Yost's 54-hole numbers are the second and third-best, respectively, in the tournament's history.


Campbell, which entered the event rated 65th in the nation in the latest NCAA head-to-head rankings, set a tournament 54-hole team record with 902 strokes (296-303-303).  Illinois, which brought a number-47 national ranking to Buies Creek, finished second (308-302-313—923).


Georgetown (322-317-301—940) was third, Wichita State (318-314-313—945) fourth and Old Dominion fifth (307-325-318—950) in the 12-school field.


Earlier this fall, CU placed fourth among 18 schools at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C.  The Camels also finished third at the Golfweek Program Challenge, fourth at the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic and first at the Xavier LPGA International Invitational.


Urquizu's performance was her best since a runner-up showing at the 2009 UNCG Starmount Fall Classic.  Tuesday's result marked her fifth career top-10 finish and second this season.  She ranked second in the field with 37 pars, trailing only Samantha Morrell of Old Dominion (38).


The junior tied with Yost and Svendsen with the best scoring on par-3 holes (even) in the event, and was second on the par-fours (plus-5) and par-five holes (2-under).  She also made 7 birdies, 4th-most in the field.


Yost, who tied for 7th as a freshman at last year's Atlantic Sun Championship, produced her second top-10 of the year and first career top-5.  She played the par-4 holes at 7-over (6th in the field) and the par-fives at one-over (3rd-best).


A product of Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh registered her ninth career top-10 finish and fourth in six outings this season.  She has placed among the top-10 individuals in each of Campbell's last three tournaments.


Brooks, who hails from Waunakee, Wisc., and Svendsen, of Roskilde, Denmark, both finished among the top-10 for the first time in their collegiate careers.  Brooks has placed among the top-20 in three of her first college outings.


Campbell won its home event for the 13th time, including the last four in succession.


With his 63rd women's career tournament coaching win, John Crooks moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time Division I women's list.  A National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Famer, Crooks stands 2nd behind Dan Brooks of Duke, who has amassed 110 career titles, on the active NCAA Division I women's coaching victories 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 107 career men's and women's coaching triumphs, including Tuesday's men's title at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic.


Crooks' women's teams have claimed at least one tournament title in 20 of his 21 years in charge of the program.


Fighting Camel Classic

KeithHills CC Orange & Black / Buies Creek, N.C.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2001 / Par 72, 6012 Yards


Final Team Results:  1. Campbell 296-303-303—902, 2. Illinois 308-302-313—923, 3. Georgetown 322-317-301—940, 4. Wichita State 318-314-313—945, 5. Old Dominion 307-325-318—950, 6. North Dakota State 329-321-310—960, 7. Eastern Kentucky 323-321-326—970, 8. Delaware 330-323-322—975, 9. Richmond 331-330-317—978, 10. St. Francis (Pa.) 349-330-345—1024, 11. Robert Morris 348-346-336—1030, WD. Towson 349-WD-WD.


Final Individual Leaders: 1. Amy Anderson (North Dakota State) 75-73-67—215, 2. Teresa Urquizu (Campbell) 73-74-72—219, 3. Kaylin Yost (Campbell) 72-79-73—224, 4. Samantha Morrell (Old Dominion) 74-77-76—227, 5. Samantha Sloan (Illinois) 78-74-77—229.


Other Campbell Individuals: T10. Lisbeth Brooks 77-74-83—234, T10. Michelle Koh 78-76-80—234, T10. Johanne Svendsen 74-82-78—234, T20. *Maria Jose Benavides 82-78-77—237, T20. *Aleksandra Prazak 77-82-78—237, T27. *Babette Lemberger 80-73-83—241.