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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.

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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.

Best Among The Sea Best Invitational

Campbell Men’s Golf completed an impressive performance in the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., finishing seventh overall in the tournament.

Playing alongside seven of the top-50 programs in the country, Campbell outpaced No. 47 ranked Tennessee and No. 34 Charleston Southern shooting +29 overall at the 54-hole event.

Gaston Bertinotti, who just placed inside the top-10 at the Latin America Amateur Championships last week, finished 15th overall, tied with fellow Camel Craig Hornberger.

The Fighting Camels return to action Monday, Feb. 22 at the Wexford Intercollegiate in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsMGolf for updates throughout the golf season.

Flashing The Hardware

The Campbell Men’s Golf team dominated the field at the ODU/OBX Collegiate Championships, defeating the runner-up in the tournament, Bowling Green, by an impressive 13 strokes.

Junior Craig Hornberger was the story of the tournament, setting the program’s 54-hole mark (201) shooting 12-under par overall while posting his first individual collegiate win.

In fact Campbell posted the top two scores in the tournament as fellow junior Gaston Bertinotti posted a score of 208, including an impressive 66 (-5) during the opening round of action.

The Fighting Camels compete next at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. on Feb. 1-2 for the Sea Best Invitational. Make sure to follow @GoCamelsMGolf for updates on the squad teeing it up from Keith Hills Country Club heading into the 2016 campaign.