Campbell earns top seed in next week's Big South Conference women's golf championship

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University has secured the No. 1 seed in next week's Big South Women's Golf Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, which will be hosted by Gardner-Webb University at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C. 

Campbell, making its return to the Big South following 17 years in the Atlantic Sun, receives the No. 1 seed based on its current Golfweek national ranking of 58, the highest among the 10 Big South women's golf programs.

Defending champion Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 63 in the nation by Golfweek and receives the No. 2 seed.  Charleston Southern is the No. 3 seed with its ranking of 143, while host Gardner-Webb earns the No. 4 seed with its national ranking of 159. 

Associate member Bucknell, ranked No. 161, will be the No. 5 seed in the championship, with Winthrop (162) receiving the No. 6 seed.  Radford receives the No. 7 seed (No. 173), just ahead of High Point (No. 8 -- 179).  Associate member Holy Cross (No. 9 -- 251) rounds out the official championship field. 

Presbyterian College, which is ranked No. 174 in the nation, will again participate in the event on an invitation-only basis, as the team is not eligible for the Conference Championship until 2013 due to its transition process to Division I.  PC's team and individual scores will not count in the official standings. 

The Patriot Club is hosting the Big South Women's Golf Championship for the sixth time, as the course hosted the event in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  The 2012 women's championship begins this weekend with a practice round on Sunday, April 8. 

The three-day, 54-hole event will be played April 9-11 and is free and open to the public.  In addition, fans can follow the action online via GolfStat's "Live Scoring" feature.  The 2012 champion will receive the Big South's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals. 

The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Big South Conference Women's Golf Championship
The Patriot GC / Ninety Six, S.C.
Date / Time (ET) / Event

Sunday, April 8 / 12:00 pm / Practice Round

Monday, April 9 / 8:00am / First round
8:00-8:36am #9 Holy Cross, Presbyterian
8:45-9:21am #7 Radford, #8 High Point
9:30-10:10am #4 Gardner-Webb, #5 Bucknell, #6 Winthrop
10:20-11:00am #1 Campbell, #2 Coastal Carolina, #3 Charleston Southern

Tuesday, April 10 / 8:00am / Second Round

Wednesday, April 11 / 8:00am / Final Round

The Big South Women's Golf awards banquet will be held Monday, April 9 at 7:00pm.  The 2012 annual award winners, the All-Academic Team and half of the All-Conference team (based on regular-season performance) will be announced at that time, while the remaining all-conference performers will be determined by their finish in the conference championship.

Ranked 57th in the Mar. 27 Golfweek national ratings, Campbell has five golfers among the Big South's top-10 stroke average list.  Kaylin Yost (75.24) is first and Michelle Koh (75.64) second, followed by Lisbeth Brooks in fourth, Brooke Bellomy seventh (76.5) and Teresa Urquizu 10th (77.25).

Each of Campbell's top-five golfers has been named Big South player of the week at least once this year.  Yost stands No.-166 in the latest Golfstat Cup ranking, while Koh is No.-220.

Campbell ranks No.-13 nationally in Golfstat's Freshman Impact rating with Bellomy and Brooks averaging a combined 76.27 score.  As a team, Coach John Crooks' squad ranks ninth in the nation with 280 birdies.

CU carries the lowest stroke average of all league schools (301.04) into the Big South Championship and has finished among the top five teams in nine of its 10 tournaments with two victories during 2011-12.