Category Archives: Campbell Golf

Fresh Faces, Newfound Success

Campbell Men’s and Women’s Golf sport quite the talented young freshmen as Stacey White and Max Theodorakis were named Big South Freshman of the Week after leading Campbell to the team title at the GolfWeek Program Challenge.

In her first collegiate tournament for the Fighting Camels, White finished 5th place at 3-over par as all five starters placed inside the top-20 overall. Theodorakis also claimed a top-20 finish, tying for 13th overall after shooting 3-under par for the tournament.

Read more on Campbell’s fifth GolfWeek Program Challenge title in the last six years.

The Fighting Camels return to the links Monday, September 26 at the Mark Simpson Invitational on the Colorado National GC course while the Women’s Golf program heads to Vail, Colorado for the GolfWeek Conference Challenge at the Red Sky GC.

Follow @GoCamelsMGolf and @GoCamelsWGolf on Twitter for the latest updates on the course.

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Campbell Sports Minute – Tuesday, September 13

Learn more about the Fighting Camels standout wideout Aaron Blackmon after his record-breaking outing against Chowan. Plus keep up to date with the latest news and notes from Myrtle Beach, S.C. as Campbell Golf searches for a tournament title.

Our new video series Campbell Sports Minute runs every Monday-Friday on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. #theCreekisRising

The Wait Was Well Worth It For Men’s Golf

Written by: Matthew Sokol, Campbell blog contributor

Emotions were sky high as the Campbell Men’s Golf team watched the NCAA Regional Selection Show inside the golf offices at the McKay House, deciding their postseason fate.

The Fighting Camels finished as the runners-up for the Big South Championship, and received an at-large berth as one of the last teams in for the NCAA regional which will take place May 16-18 in Kohler, Wisc., releasing plenty of tense feelings during the Golf Channel’s hour-long selection show Thursday morning.

One of the main leaders on the team this season was junior Craig Hornberger, who individually tied for 8th place overall at the recent Big South Tournament.

“It is overwhelming and exciting to get in (to the NCAA Regionals), and we worked so hard for this all season,” said Hornerberger. “It is (also) exciting for a small private school like Campbell to be able to put both of our teams into an NCAA tournament.”

Campbell is ranked 65th overall in the latest Golfstat NCAA Division-I poll. Colorado, who was ranked 66th overall, was the final team to earn an at-large berth among the 81 schools to receive bids and will compete in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., regional. Campbell will enter the NCAA Regional as an 11-seed in their respective bracket, with the top five schools qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

For the first time in school history, both the Campbell men’s and women’s squad qualified for the NCAA regional championships in the same year. Despite being one of the last teams to make the NCAA Tournament, Campbell is confident in their ability to take that next step come postseason play.

“The team realizes their potential now,” said assistant coach Weston Eklund. “They saw what the potential is, and I know they can do better. They are always going to strive for more, and we have a great group of guys, where I think they will step up.”

This season, the squad has worked hard notching two tournament victories, and closing out as the top-five teams on seven other occasions in 11 outings. In addition to the two victories on the year, the Fighting Camels came in second place four different times. Three of those four second-place finishes came during the spring campaign.

In addition to the automatic qualifier, Liberty, both Campbell and Charleston Southern provided the Big South with a record of three regional berths from the conference. Liberty is the 11-seed at the Albuquerque regional, while Charleston Southern will be the 10-seed in the Tuscaloosa Regional, one of the six total regionals.

“We were not getting into the NCAA tournament before the last regional, and we got a little bit nervous,” said junior Gaston Bertinotti. “We were relieved with so much energy we had inside, and when we saw our name on the television, the sight was pretty good.”

Campbell head coach John Crooks has two teams that are competing in national tournament play. Crooks is currently with the women’s team in Bryan, Texas at the NCAA Tournament, and had to receive updates about his men’s team over the phone.

In fact, Campbell is one of just 47 schools nationwide to earn a team bid this year to both the NCAA men’s and women’s golf regional championships.

This regional berth marks the eighth time that Crooks has been the coach for a regional team or individual qualifier on the men’s side. Coupled with 19 women’s regional appearances, Campbell boasts a lineup that has 42 rounds of experience in NCAA post-season play. Crooks has mentored his men’s and women’s programs to 27 postseason trips since taking over the helm in the fall of 1990.

The Fighting Camels start tournament play on May 16 at the Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Balanced Camels Advance To NCAA Regional Play

Written by Matthew Sokol – Campbell blog contributor

The 2015-2016 Big South Champions begin their quest for a national championship as NCAA regional play starts for Campbell Women’s Golf on May 5-7 in Bryan Park, Texas.

“For a team to qualify for the NCAA championship, they have to have several outstanding individual performances,” said Campbell golf head coach John Crooks. “The team has to be focused, and the (individual) team members have to be focused.”

The Big South championship tournament win was the 13th title in 25 years under the leadership of head coach John Crooks and the programs third conference title in the last five years.

Last Monday, the NCAA selection show was shown on the Golf Channel. The show accounted the seventy-two teams and 24 individual players that are selected for post-season play. Each regional consist of 18 teams and six individual players.

Campbell is ranked 13th in the Bryan regional site. UCLA is the top seed for the region that the Campbell women’s golf team is competing in. The Camels are ranked No.-51 nationally in this week’s Golfstat rating and No.-53 in the Golfweek/Sagarin listing.

“It was pretty exciting [winning the Big South Championship], and last year conference was disappointing toward the end,” said White, the Big South Golfer of the Year.

“Going into the last couple of holes, I knew I had to focus and just make pars. It was very exciting coming in and seeing my teammates on the last couple of holes. The team is working on short game, and course is going a lot longer than what we have played the last couple of months.”

Crooks earned his 97th tournament title for the women’s side, which is the second-most among active Division (I) head coaches. Led by junior golfer Nadine White, who took home the individual title (at) the Big South Championship at DeBordieu Club, Campbell women’s golf took massive strides throughout the 2015-16 season.

“Nadine went a step beyond,” noted her head coach.

“Last semester, she had one of the best semesters both academically and athletically in team history. She prepared well, and when the time came she was clearly the best player.”

White helped claim Campbell’s 10th individual conference title since Janet Wooten won the 1993 Big South championship and earned her fifth top five outing of the year with the finish at 3-over 219 (73-70-76) on the par-72, 6082-yard course. White also was named Big South player of the year, and the all- conference and all-championship teams.

“Going into the last couple of holes (of the Big South Tournament), I knew I had to focus and just make pars. It was very exciting coming in and seeing my teammates on the last couple of holes. The team is working on short game, and course is going a lot longer than what we have played the last couple of months.”

During the 2015-2016 season, the Brisbane, Australia native notched three tournament titles; the most tournament titles won by a Campbell player since 1999 when Kylie Pratt won four times.

This year, the women’s golf squad had a wide range of balance and depth on the team. Senior Tania Ravnjak played a key role during the season, and during the Big South tournament play.

Ravnjak recorded her third top-five display in four years of Big South Championship competition. She is now the 12th player in Big South history to be named all-conference four-straight years while also gaining all-championship honors.

Annelie Sjoholm currently ranks 32nd in the country in greens in regulation (.681) this season. She also secured top (no-hyphen needed) five finishes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (T5th) and Fighting Camel Fall Classic (3rd) this season.

The 2014 BSC individual champion, Louise Latorre, claimed her third-straight top-15 finish in the Big South Championship back in April, earning all-conference honors for the third straight year.

This NCAA tournament play will be the 19th time in 24 years for the Campbell women’s golf team. Coach Crooks has led his squad to its fifth-consecutive post-season play. Three of the five players for the Camels, that were representatives during the 2014 and 2015 national tournament, are representing Campbell next week.

“I am a lucky man to be associated with such an outstanding program,” said Crooks. “It‘s a credit to the support staff, coaching staff, and the athletic department. The entire Campbell community contributes to the success of the team.”

Putting Up The Ranks

The Campbell Women’s Golf team continues to make a strong statement atop the leaderboard in the Big South Women’s Golf Tournament this week in Georgetown, S.C.

Led by head coach legendary John Crooks and reigning Big South Player of the Week Nadine White, the Fighting Camels are right in the thick of the chase for the Big South conference crown on Wednesday’s final round of action.

Fans can follow the action in a variety of ways. First and foremost, makes sure to follow @BigSouthGolf and @CampbellWGolf on social media for in-tournamnet updates.

Make sure to keep an eye on the live stats updated hole-by-hole as the Fighting Camels search for yet another Big South conference championship. Live stats here!

FEW NUGGETS FOR THE CAMELS

6082 -yardage for the Pete Dye-designed, par-72 DeBordieu Golf Club in Georgetown, S.C., site of the 2016 Big South Conference Championship, Apr. 11-13.

864 –Big South Conference Championship 54-hole record score (278-289-297) recorded by Campbell in 2014 when the Camels won the title by 30 strokes over Coastal Carolina.

278 – Big South and school single round record set by the Camels in the opening round of the 2014 Big South Championship.

213 – Lowest 54-hole individual total in Big South history set by then freshman Louise Latorre (68-73-72) in winning the 2014 league championship by one stroke over teammate Tahnia Ravnjak (72-69-73—214).

4 – Campbell enters the Big South Championship ranked 4th in the nation in fairway percentage (.799).

1-2-3 – Campbell golfers have finished 1-2-3 in their conference tournament twice in the program’s 27-year history – 2000 (Sharon O’Neill won the A-Sun title, while Laura Torrisi and Yvonne Cox tied for second) and 2014 (Louise Latorre, Tahnia Ravnjak and Kaylin Yost swept the top three spots).

1 – for the first time, Coach John Crooks will take an all-international team to the conference championship tournament.  Not only will the Camels represent the University, but also their home countries of Argentina (Ayelen Irizar), Australia (Tahnia RavnjakNadine White), France (Louise Latorre) and Sweden (Annelie Sjoholm).

Going Out Golfing

The Campbell Men’s and Women’s Golf teams are down the coast from Buies Creek in crucial tournaments during the closing stages of the 2015-16 golf season.

Led by dual sport head coach John Crooks, Campbell Men’s Golf kickstarts the final round action of the Seahawk Intercollegiate at the Country Club of Landfill.

Craig Hornberger sits one stroke off the overall lead (-3) and Campbell ranks fourth overall, seven strokes behind the leader (Duke) in the team competition as action gets started this morning.

Follow Live Stats Here – Men’s Golf

The Campbell Women’s Golf program begins opening round action in the loaded Briar’s Creek Invitational featuring eight programs ranked in the nation’s top-40 overall.

Campbell enters the event ranked No.-54 in the nation and boast tournament wins in the Golfweek Program Challenge and the Fighting Camel Fall Classic at Keith Hills CC.

Follow Live Stats Here – Women’s Golf

The Fighting Camels remain one of the nation’s best in getting from tee to green.  The Camels stand third in the country in fairway percentage (.796) and seventh in greens in regulation (.668).

Make sure to track Campbell on social media @GoCamelsWGolf and @GoCamelsMGolf for all the latest updates on Fighting Camel athletics out on the course.

Wexford Plantation Champions

The Fighting Camels earned a 15-stroke victory over second-place Louisville at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., shooting their lowest team total score (17-under) of any tournament this season.

Campbell finished things out on Tuesday completing the 126th career tournament win under legendary head coach John Crooks.

Led by Craig Hornberger, who finished third overall at 7-under, one stroke in front of fellow Campbell golfer Gaston Bertinotti paced the Fighting Camels on the course.

The Fighting Camels continue their spring season Mar. 7-8 with the Sacramento State Invitational at Valley Hi Country Club.