Campbell's depth yields wins in 5 of 8 events
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It’s hard to overlook what the Campbell women’s team is doing.
In its first eight starts of the 2012-13 season, the Fighting Camels have won five team titles.
They started the season strong with a 40-shot victory at the Golfweek Program Challenge. Moving on, the Fighting Camels went into a two-tournament drought where they finished T-4. Then came back-to-back victories at its own Fighting Camel Classic and the Palmetto Intercollegiate. This included eight- and 21-shot victories, respectively.
Next came the team’s worst finish of the season, a seventh-place finish at the Hurricane Invitational. It was their first tournament after winter break for the players.
“What really happened was that we just made some big numbers at the wrong time,” head coach John Crooks said. “I obviously wasn’t pleased with our finish, but we knew what we needed to work on.”
Bounce-back wins came in less than a week span. They first won the Kiawah Island Classic by three in a tight race with the College of Charleston and then the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational by 21 shots.
“Anytime you win, it’s exciting,” Crooks said.
He added this stat: In the five tournaments the Camels have won, they have shot the low score on the final day each time.
“I think that’s saying something.”
Overall, the 35th–ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings have won by a total of 93 shots in those five tournaments. That means they are winning by an average 18.6 shots per tournament.
In three of those five tournaments they have won, the Camels have grabbed the top spot as the individual medalist. Sophomore Brooke Bellomey won the Golfweek Program Challenge, while juniors Maria Jose Benavides won at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and Kaylin Yost won the team's home event.
The team has two more tournaments, the Briar’s Creek Invitational and the Hoya Invitational, before heading to South Carolina for the Big South Championship.