2011-12 Women’s Golf Review: Camels make 15th NCAA Regional appearance
For the 15th time in 20 years, Campbell University participated in NCAA women's golf post-season play in 2012. Ranked No.-49 in the final Golfstat NCAA head-to-head rating, Campbell earned the Big South Conference's automatic berth by winning the league championship in April at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C.
Under the direction of 21st-year head coach John Crooks, Campbell won its 11th league title and made its 15th regional appearance since 1993 when the Camels captured the Big South title (294-300-296—890) by six strokes over Coastal Carolina last month at The Patriot GC in Ninety-Six, S.C.
In addition to the Big South crown, Campbell also won the Xavier/LPGA International Invitational and Fighting Camel Classic during the 2011-12 campaign. At the Big South Championship, Campbell led from start to finish and claimed a six-stroke edge over runner-up Coastal Carolina.
Big South player of the year Kaylin Yost tied for second (73-72-76—221) on the individual leader board, followed by senior Michelle Koh (71-76-75—222), who was fourth. Conference freshman of the year Lisbeth Brooks finished seventh (78-75-74—227), while junior Teresa Urquizu (72-84-72—228) was eighth. Freshman Brooke Bellomy was 13th (82-77-75—234).
Each of Campbell's five starters ranked among the top-nine Big South players in stroke average. Yost (75.1) topped the league, while Koh (75.24) was 2nd, Brooks 4th (76.03), Bellomy 8th (76.89) and Urquizu 9th (76.91).
Yost, Koh, Brooks and Urquizu earned Big South all-conference honors. Brooks and Bellomy finished No.-15 in the final Golfstat Freshman Impact Rating, while Yost (No. 144) and Koh (155) were listed in the Golfstat Cup rankings.
As a team, CU tied for 24th nationally with 355 birdies in 12 events. During the 2011-112 season, Campbell placed among the top five teams in 10 of its 12 tournaments, including victories at the Xavier LPGA International Invitational, Fighting Camel Classic and Big South Championship.
Yost earned her first collegiate win at the James Madison Eagle Landing Invitational (Mar. 9-11), where she shot 67-74-74—215). She was the 21st different Lady Camel golfer to win an individual title since the program started in 1989-90. A sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., Yost produced five top-10 individual showings during 2011-12 and shot her collegiate career-low round (67) at the JMU Eagle Landing event.
Koh was named to the All-East Region women's golf team by the National Golf Coaches Association. She led all Big South golfers with seven top-10 individual finishes, including a runner-up showing – her best collegiate result – at the Xavier/LPGA International Invitational.
Koh twice earned all-conference notice during her four-year career and was also a member of the Atlantic Sun all-freshman team in 2009. She played in a pair of NCAA regional events and placed among the top-four finishers in the last two conference championships, including third-place tie in the 2011 A-Sun event.
She set the school 18-hole (66) and 36-hole (139) records at the 2010 Edwin Watts Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Brooks gained three individual top-10s on the year, highlighted by her seventh-place showing at the Big South event and a tie for 8th at the Georgia State John Kirk Lady Panther Intercollegiate. Her low round of the year (67) came at the Golfweek Program Challenge, where Campbell claimed the combined men's and women's title.
Bellomy had two top-10s, including a fourth-place effort at the Miami Hurricane Invitational. She shot a season-best 70 at the Miami event and was CU's low individual at the New Mexico Dick McGuire Invitational.
Urquizu scored three top-10s, led by a runner-up finish at the Fighting Camel Classic. Her season-best score (70) came at the NCAA East Regional.
All five of CU's starters also gained Big South player of the week recognition throughout the season.
Crooks has led his team to 64 tournament victories, second only to Dan Brooks of Duke (112) among active Division I women's coaches. Crooks has been named conference coach of the year 15 times, 11 occasions on the women's side, including 2011-12.
Campbell has placed among the top two teams in its conference tournament championship 19 times in the last 21 years. CU won the 2012, 1994 and 1993 Big South Conference championships (and was runner-up in 1992). In 17 years as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (1995-2011), Campbell won a league-record eight titles and finished 2nd on seven occasions.
At the NCAA East Regional in State College, Pa., Campbell produced its second-best ever team showing in post-season play and Koh narrowly missed a chance to advance to the national finals. The Camels fired their season-low round for the second-straight day and placed 10th in the 24-team field. A senior from Kuantan, Malaysia, Koh tied with Margarita Ramos of Arizona for 10th on the individual leader board at 2-over-par 218.
However, Koh made bogey on the first play-off hole and Ramos made par to earn an individual spot in the NCAA Championship.
Campbell shot 2-over-par 290 on the par-72, 6352-yard Penn State Blue Course lay-out for the second-straight day, but fell just six strokes shy of earning one of the eight team bids to the NCAA finals.