Women's preview: Big South Conference

Women's preview: Big South Conference

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Women's preview: Big South Conference

Campbell’s women’s golf team put together a solid campaign during the fall.

The Fighting Camels led the conference in tournament wins (two), top 5s (five), stroke average (300.6) and individual top 10s (11).

But perhaps more impressive is that they did it while battling a slew of injuries.

“We had bronchitis. We had mononucleosis. We had other life situations that forced us to play a lot of people,” Campbell coach John Crooks said.

“And a lot of people responded.”

Six golfers logged at least 10 rounds for the Fighting Camels. Three more played no fewer than three. Not to mention the fact that four freshman and three sophomores saw action for Crooks’ squad.

Senior Michelle Koh led the way with four top 10s and a 75.8 average.

But freshmen Brook Bellomy, who led the team with a 75.5 average, and Lisbeth Brooks, who shot a 67 to help Campbell take third at the Golfweek Program Challenge in September, also shined in the fall.

“We’re very young,” Crooks said. “One of the pleasing points of the fall was that we had to play different lineups just about every week. From a coaches point of view, there’s nothing that helps you get better than competition.”

The success and depth have Crooks excited about the spring, which includes appearances in the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic in February and the Hurricane Invitational in March.

It will also be Campbell’s first spring back in the Big South Conference.

The Fighting Camels were a charter member of the conference in 1983 and were the first Big South squad to advance to the NCAA Regionals. Campbell moved to the Atlantic Sun in 1994 and has finished no worse than third in the A-Sun since 2005.

“I expect to be competitive, but there are some good teams,” said Crooks, who is in his 21st season and has led the Fighting Camels to NCAA Regional appearances in four of the last seven seasons.

“In the spring you would kind of like to have a consistency in your lineup, so these next five weeks of preparation are very important for our team and our progress.”

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Top of the class: Campbell

Best player this fall: Kaitlin Higginbotham, Coastal Carolina

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Past champions

2007: Birmingham-Southern

2008: Charleston Southern

2009: Coastal Carolina

2010: Charleston Southern

2011: Coastal Carolina

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Conference capsules

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