Crooks, Yost, Brooks and Koh earn Big South women’s golf honors

NINETY SIX, S.C. – Campbell University swept the top regular season individual honors Monday when the Big South Conference announced its 2012 women's golf all-conference teams.

John Crooks was named coach of the year, Kaylin Yost was named player of the year and Lisbeth Brooks was selected freshman of the year in voting by league head coaches.

Yost, Michelle Koh and Brooks were also chosen to the five-player all-conference first team.  The remaining five spots on the all-league unit will be determined during this week's Big South Championship at the Patriot Golf Club.

"I'm very proud of our team," said Crooks.  "All five of the ladies that are competing at the Big South Championship were named conference player of the week during the year.  For three of them to be named 1st-team all-conference is just outstanding."

Now in his 21st year in charge of the Campbell women, Crooks was honored as conference coach of the year for the 11th time on the women's side.  In addition to being recognized as the top Big South coach in 1993 and 1994, he was tabbed Atlantic Sun coach of the year eight times during CU's 17 years as a member of the league (1995-2011).

Crooks' women's teams have claimed 63 tournament victories and he ranks 2nd among all active Division I head coaches in tourney wins.

CU carried the lowest stroke average of all league schools (301.04) into Monday's first round of the Big South Championship and has finished among the top five teams in nine of its 10 tournaments with two titles during 2011-12.

 "Coach of the year is certainly not a goal of mine, but for the other coaches in the league to vote me for that title, I'm honored," said Crooks.

A sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Yost has finished among the top 20 individuals in each of her last six outings, including four top-10s.  She won the James Madison Eagle Landing Invitational (Mar. 9-11) when she shot career lows for 18 (67) and 54 (215) holes.  She was twice named Big South player of the week during the '11-12 campaign.

Yost also finished 3rd in the Fighting Camel Classic (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) and 4th at the Miami Hurricane Invitational (Mar. 5-6).  She leads the Big South in stroke average (75.24) and ranks No.-164 in the latest Golfstat Cup ratings.

In addition to player of the year and first-team all-conference recognition, Yost was named to the Big South women's golf all-academic team by league sports information directors.

Her selection marked the eighth time a Camel has been chosen conference player of the year.  Janet Wooten (1993) and Jennifer Layman (1994) were named Big South player of the year, while Mara Larrauri (1997, 1998), Sharon O'Neill (2003) and Alejandra Shaw (2006, 2007) earned top honors during Campbell's A-Sun era (1995-2011).

A freshman from Waunakee, Wisc., Brooks rates 4th the league overall and tops all Big South freshmen in stroke average (76.04).

She is coming off her best performance in her inaugural collegiate season – an 8th-place tie at the Georgia State John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate.  Brooks was named Big South golfer of the week Mar. 29 after she produced her best finish and 54-hole score (72-75-74—221) of the year.

Brooks has notched four top-20 finishes this season.  She fired a 67 in her second collegiate round last fall at the Golfweek Program Challenge, the low round of the year by a league player, which she shares with Yost and Gardner-Webb's Lauren Smith.

She is the fourth Camel to claim league top freshman recognition, joining Shaw (2004), Camila Lopez Mori (2005) and Sandra Angulo (2008) from the Atlantic Sun days.

The only senior on the 2012 Camel squad, Koh has eight top-20 showings in 10 starts this year.  She finished second at the Xavier LPGA International Invitational last fall and produced a 7th-place mark last month at the Miami Hurricane Invitational.  She enters the Big South Championship tied with Meghan Allum of Gardner-Webb for most top-10 individual finishes (5) this year.

A native of Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh's low round of the season (71) came at the Palmetto Intercollegiate last October.  However, she has demonstrated the ability to shoot well below par, evidenced by the school-record 5-under 66 she fired at the same event during her junior year. 

Koh is ranked No.-212 in the latest Golfstat Cup listing and stands second behind Yost among Big South players with a 75.64 stroke average.  She was a second-team Atlantic Sun all-conference selection in 2011 and was named to the A-Sun all-tournament team after tying for 3rd in the league championship.

"For Kaylin to be named player of the year and Lizzie freshman of the year, it honestly was a total team effort with everyone pushing each other to improve.  "Kaylin has had a very good year, but certainly Michelle and Lizzie are right behind her."

The 54-hole Big South Conference championship continues with Tuesday's second round before concluding with the final 18 on Wednesday on the par-72, 6009-yard Patriot GC layout.

2012 Big South Conference Women's Golf Awards 

All-Conference
Kaylin Yost, Soph., Campbell
Brittany Henderson, Jr., Coastal Carolina
Michelle Koh, Sr., Campbell
Kaitlin Higginbotham, Sr., Coastal Carolina
Lisbeth Brooks, Fr., Campbell                               

All-Academic Team
Minjoo Lee, Sr., Bucknell
Kaylin Yost, Soph., Campbell
Amanda D'Ostroph, Jr., Charleston Southern
Brittany Henderson, Jr., Coastal Carolina
Courtney Finocchiaro, Sr., Gardner-Webb
Margaret Suchan, Soph., High Point
Ellie DeLuca, Sr., Holy Cross
Micah Dowling, Jr., Presbyterian College
Kirsty Condon, Soph., Radford
Katie Bolling, Sr., Winthrop 

Golfer of the Year
Kaylin Yost, Soph., Campbell 

Freshman of the Year
Lisbeth Brooks, Campbell 

Coach of the Year
John Crooks, Campbell 

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Amanda D'Ostroph, Jr., Charleston Southern