Camels, Koh hold leads after day one at Big South Championships

Michelle Koh
(photo by Tim Cowie)
Michelle Koh (photo by Tim Cowie)

NINETY SIX, S.C. -- Campbell holds the team lead while senior Michelle Koh sits atop the individual leader board after day one of the Big South Women's Golf Championship at the Patriot at Grand Harbor.

The Camels posted a 6-over round of 294 on the day as a team, standing four strokes ahead of defending champion Coastal Carolina (298).  Gardner-Webb (307) is third, followed by Radford (310) and Winthrop (313) in the 10-team field.

A senior from Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh had four birdies on Monday -- three on par-five holes -- and leads a group of three Camels among the top four players in the event.  Koh tied for the Big South lead with 5 top-10 finishes during the regular season.

Junior Teresa Urquizu sits one stroke back of Koh at even-par 72, while sophomore Kaylin Yost is tied for third with Coastal Carolina's Jessica Alexander (the defending individual champion) at one-over 73.

Urquizu had four birdies on the day and was 4-under at one point before falling back to level on the par-72, 6009-yard Patriot Golf Club layout.

Both Koh and Yost birdied the par-five 18th hole.  Freshman Lisbeth Brooks is tied for 18th place after a 6-over 78, while fellow frosh Brooke Bellomy is 35th (82).

Campbell will tee off in Tuesday's second round beginning at 10:20 a.m. paired with Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb.

Big South Conference Women's Golf Championship
Ninety Six, S.C. / The Patriot GC
Apr. 9-11, 2012 / Par 72, 6009 Yards

First Round Team Results: 1. Campbell 294, 2. Coastal Carolina 298, 3. Gardner-Webb 307, 4. Radford 310, 5. Winthrop 313, 6. High Point 314, 7. Presbyterian 318, 8. Bucknell 320, 9. Charleston Southern 321, 10. Holy Cross 395.

First Round Individual Leaders: 1. Michelle Koh (Campbell) 71, 2. Teresa Urquizu (Campbell) 72, T3. Jessica Alexander (Coastal Carolina) 73, T3. Kaylin Yost (Campbell) 73, T5. Kaitlin Higginbotham (Coastal Carolina) 74, T5. Carrie McClenaghan (Presbyterian) 74.

Other Campbell Individuals: T18. Lisbeth Brooks 78, 35. Brooke Bellomy 82.