March 26, 2012

Campbell third after first round of John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate

STOCKBRIDGE, GA. – Lisbeth Brooks is tied for seventh place and Campbell sits third on the team leader board after 18 holes Monday of the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate women's golf tournament.

Heading into Monday's second round, Brooks is three strokes off the individual lead at even-par 72.  The freshman from Waunakee, Wisc., had four birdies in Monday's opening round, including three on the four par-5 holes.

Second-round play continues Monday afternoon on the par-72, 6047-yard Eagle's Landing Country Club layout.  Final round tee times will begin Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. 

Live scoring is available on-line at Golfstat.com.

Campbell senior Michelle Koh is tied for 11th place at one-over-par 73.  She recorded four birdies during the opening round.

Freshman Brooke Bellomy was one-under on the back nine and finished her first 18 holes at three-over 75 in a tie for 17th place.  Sophomore Kaylin Yost had four birdies in the opening round and shot 76, while junior Teresa Urquizu shot 87.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Maria Jose Benavides shot 76 and was tied for 26th place heading into the second 18.

Mississippi State shot one-over 289 and held a six-stroke lead over Maryland (295) heading into the second round.  Campbell and ETSU were tied for third (296), ahead of Western Carolina (297), Furman (299) and Murray State (299) in the 11-team field.

Blaire Minter of Western Carolina and Rica Tse of Mississippi State tied for the individual lead after 18 holes at 3-under-par 69.  Alexandra Lennartsson of Murray State, Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and Gabriella Wahl of East Tennessee State were tied for 3rd at 2-under 70.

Six teams – Campbell (60), ETSU (67), Furman (78), Georgia State (66), Maryland (59) and Mississippi State (92) – are rated among the nation's top 100 Division I programs in the latest Golfstat NCAA head-to-head rankings.  Nova Southeastern is the country's top Division II squad, while Daytona State stands as the 3rd-best junior college team nationally in the Golfstat list.

Campbell (1993, 1997, 1998, 2004) and Georgia State (2001, 2008, 2009, 2010) have both won the tournament four times, most among participating schools.  Four Camel golfers – Janet Wooten (1993), Mara Larrauri (1997), Kylie Pratt (1998) and Sofia Gorelik (2003) have earned medalist honors.

Following this week's event, Campbell will play in the Big South Conference Championship Apr. 9-11 at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C.

John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate
Eagle's Landing CC / Stockbridge, Ga.

Mar. 26-27, 2012 / Par 72, 6047 Yards

First Round Team Results: 1. Mississippi State 289, 2. Maryland 295, T3. Campbell 296, T3. East Tennessee State 296, 5. Western Carolina 297, T6. Furman 299, T6. Murray State 299, 8. Jacksonville State 303, 9. Daytona State 304, 10. Nova Southeastern 311, 11. Georgia State 313.

First Round Individual Leaders: T1. Blaire Minter (Western Carolina) 69, T1. Rica Tse (Mississippi State) 69, T3. Alexandra Lennartsson (Murray State) 70, T3. Ally McDonald (Mississippi State) 70, T3. Gabriella Wahl (ETSU) 70.

Campbell Individuals:  T7. Lisbeth Brooks 72, T11. Michelle Koh 73, T17. Brooke Bellomy 75, T26. Kaylin Yost 76,  *T26. Maria Jose Benavides 76, T58. Teresa Urquizu 87.

* playing as individual, does not count toward team score.