Campbell Captures Fighting Camel Classic

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Courtesy of FightingCamels.com
 
College CentralBUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Sharon ONeill captured individual honors and Campbell University won its Fighting Camel Classic womens golf tournament for the seventh-consecutive year on Tuesday at Keith Hills Country Club.

The Lady Camels have won nine of the 12 Fighting Camel Classic events, including nine of the last 10 tournaments that are held each spring at the Universitys golf course. The lone exception came in 1996 when Rollins won the Classic that was shortened to 18 holes due to rain.

ONeill, a senior from Mackay, Australia, finished the tournament at seven-over-par 151 following Tuesdays 75. Teammates Sofia Gorelik (77-78'155) and Josefina Usandizaga (79-78'157) finished second and third, respectively, while Brandi Underwood (83-79'162) tied for sixth.

ONeill posted her first collegiate tournament victory since winning the Eastern Kentucky Fall Invitational in Oct. 2000 during her sophomore campaign. Tuesdays victory marked her third top-10 individual showing of the 2002-03 season.

Gorelik, a freshman from Tandil, Argentina, matched her best finish of the year. She tied with Usandizaga for runner-up honors at the Radford Lady Highlander Invitational in September. Usandizaga, a junior from Tandil, Argentina who tied for second at the Tulane Invitational last month, notched her third finish among the top three individuals of the season.

First-round leader Briana Vega of North Carolina State finished fourth (75-84'159), while Hannah Storey of Gardner-Webb (78-82'160) was fifth.

The victory was the first of the season for the Lady Camels, who have finished among the top-10 in each of their six tournaments in 2002-03, including four showings of fourth place, or better. The win also marked the 39th tournament crown for head coach John Crooks Lady Camels in his 12 years at the helm of the program.

Campbell shot a 625 (315-310) to finish 20 strokes ahead of the North Carolina State B team (322-323'645) in the seven-school field. Gardner-Webb was third at 656, followed by Cincinnati (689), Long Island (695), Siena (721) and Limestone (727).

The Lady Camels return to action on Mar. 17-18 at the University of South Florida Waterlefe Invitational.
 
Fin. Top 5 Schools Scores
1 Campbell University 315 310 625
2 North Carolina State 322 323 645
3 Gardner-Webb Univ. 324 332 656
4 Cincinnati, U. of 353 336 689
5 Long Island U-Brklyn 353 342 695
6 Siena College 370 351 721
7 Limestone College 368 359 727
 
Fin. Top 5 Players School Scores
1 Sharon O'Neill Campbell 76 75 151
2 Sofia Gorelik Campbell 77 78 155
3 Josefina Usandizaga Campbell 79 78 157
4 Briana Vega NC State 75 84 159
5 Hannah Storey Gard.-Webb 78 82 160