Campbell takes down 14 teams, including DII No. 1 Nova Southeastern
BEALLSVILLE, Md. -- With all five players among the top 20 individuals, Campbell claimed its sixth title of the season on Tuesday at the Hoya Invitational.
Lisbeth Brooks tied for second individually and Tahnia Ravnjak finished fifth as the Camels handed John Crooks his 70th women's tournament crown and 115th overall as a collegiate head coach.
On Tuesday, Campbell (299-305-290-894) shot 2 over par and finished 13 strokes ahead of Yale (304-307-296-907) in the 14-school field.
Yale shot a 296 on the final day and finished with a 43-over-par 907. Seton Hall claimed third place with a 54-over-par 918. No. 1 Nova Southeastern and Penn closed the day tied for fourth place (55-over-par 919).
Campbell's six tournament wins this season ties the 1996-97 and 1998-99 teams for second-most victories in a year since the program was started in 1989-90. The 1997-98 team won a school-record eight tournaments.
"Certainly any of those years are special, but now that we are able to play in some tournaments that include Sunday play, these fields and our schedule are a lot better than it ever has been," said Crooks, the NGCA Hall of Famer who is in his 22nd year in charge of the Campbell women and 23rd at the helm of the men's team. "To win six times against a schedule like this is just fantastic."
Brooks made 34 pars and tied for the event lead with 10 birdies in the 54-hole tourney. She shot 74-72-70-216 to tie with Amanda Chin of Penn (72-75-69—216) for runner-up honors. Harin Lee of St. John's (N.Y.) claimed the individual medal at 1-under 215 (73-73-69).
Brooks led the 80-player field in par-3 scoring at 3 under par and was third on the par 4s at 2 over. Her 216 was just one shot off her collegiate career-best 54-hole showing – a 215 at last month's JMU Eagle Landing Invitational, where she also tied for second place.
Ravnjak had eight birdies (fifth in the field) and 33 pars (eighth), while finishing 2-under on the par 5s and 2-over on the par-3 holes.
Campbell senior Teresa Urquizu led the field with 38 pars and was 2-over on the par-3 holes (tied for fourth). She shot even-par on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 13th place (76-83-72-231), marking her seventh top-20 showing of the 2012-13 campaign.
Sophomore Brooke Bellomy shot a 232 and tied for 15th place, marking her seventh top-20 finish of the year. Bellomy had seven birdies (eighth in the field) and was even on the par-5 holes.
Junior Kaylin Yost shot a 233 and tied for 19th, her best individual finish since winning the Fighting Camel Fall Classic. Playing as an individual, junior Maria Jose Benavides tied for 23rd place (80-77-77-234) on the Nick Price/Steve Smyers design.
"This golf course is one of the best in the State of Maryland, one that requires excellence. There's never any let-up. We had three shoot even par or better [Tuesday]. It was just a heck of a performance," Crooks said. "Once again, everybody contributed, everybody pulled for each other, and we just did some really good things in clutch situations."
Campbell entered the event ranked fourth in the nation in birdies (312 through the first nine tournaments) and added 33 to that total during the last two days.