POWELL, OHIO – Brooke Bellomy and Lisbeth Brooks of Campbell University moved up to 27th place following Wednesday's best ball round in the third-annual Pure Silk Women's Collegiate Team Championship presented by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Bellomy and Brooks combined to shoot one-under-par 71 Wednesday at the par-72 Wedgewood Golf & Country Club and stand at 9-over heading into Thursday's final round, which will be determined by aggregate score.
Bellomy birdied the duo's final hole of the day, the par-5 ninth. She also added a birdy three on the par-4 third hole. Brooks birdied the par-three 17th.
Live scoring is available on-line at Golfstat.com.
Ashley Armstrong and Kristina Nhim of Notre Dame are tied with Meredith Swanson and Samantha Swinehart of South Carolina atop the leaderboard at 6-under par in the 54-team event.
Vanderbilt's Kendall Martindale and Lauren Stratton are tied with Kristi Cardwell and Shelby Phillips of Iowa at three-under-par.
Both Bellomy, who hails from Ona, W.Va., and Brooks, a native of Waunakee, Wis., are rising sophomores. The duo ranked 15th nationally in the 2012 Golfstat Freshman Class impact rating for Campbell's Big South Conference championship squad.
The 2012 Big South Conference freshman of the year, Brooks ranked fourth among league leaders with a 76.03 stroke average. She finished seventh in the Big South Championship as CU claimed the title and earned the league's automatic berth in the NCAA East Regional.
An all-conference performer, Brooks gained three individual top 10s on the year. She tied for eighth at the Georgia State John Kirk Lady Panther Intercollegiate. Her low round (67) came at the Golfweek Program Challenge, where Campbell claimed the combined men's and women's crown.
Bellomy, who ranked eighth among Big South stroke average leaders (76.89), placed 13th in the Big South Championship. She earned a pair of top-10 individual showings, including a fourth-place effort at the Miami Hurricane Invitational.
In addition to being CU's low individual at the New Mexico Dick McGuire Invitational, Bellomy shot a season-low round of 70 at Miami.
During the 2011-12 season, Campbell placed among the top five teams in 10 of its 12 events, including victories at the Xavier/LPGA International Invitational, Fighting Camel Classic and Big South Championship. Under the direction of head coach John Crooks, CU won its 11th league title in 2012 and made its 15th regional appearance since 1993.
This year marks the inaugural title sponsorship of Pure Silk, a moisturizing shave cream for women. Part of the Perio, Inc. brands, Pure Silk is available at mass merchandise, grocery and drugstores nationwide and is a sponsor of eight LPGA golfers.
Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private facility, considered one of the most challenging courses in Central Ohio. Opened in 1991, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Final round play begins Thursday at 7:30am with tee times starting on both #1 and #10.
About the National Golf Coaches Association
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents over 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.