KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Maria Jose Benavides won individual honors and Campbell claimed its third team title of the fall season Monday at the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Oak Point Golf Club.
A junior from Lerma, Mexico, Benavides won her first collegiate title by producing the third-lowest 54-hole total in Campbell women's golf history. Benavides made 12 birdies en route to a 3-under-par 213 (73-69-71) on the par-72, 5906-yard Oak Point layout.
Benavides, who has finished among the top 17 individuals in each of her three outings this season, followed Sunday's career-low 69 with a one-under 71 Monday. She finished four strokes in front of three players tied for second at one-over 217 -- Vivienne Chin of East Tennessee State, Martyna Mierzwa of Elon and Christine Shimel of Maryland.
Campbell (282-295-289--866) scored a 21-stroke victory over runner-up ETSU (887). Coastal Carolina (891) was third, while Michigan, Elon and Maryland tied for fourth (894).
The Camels' 54-hole tally was the second-lowest in school history, trailing only the 860 the team fired in winning the Golfweek Program Challenge, Sept. 9-11 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawley's Island, S.C.
Campbell sophomore Brooke Bellomy (71-78-70--219) and senior Teresa Urquizu (67-74-78--219) finished in a 4-way tie for 5th place. Sophomore Lisbeth Brooks (71-76-73--220) tied for 9th, while junior Kaylin Yost (74-76-75--225) tied for 26th.
Playing as an individual, freshman Tahnia Ravnjak tied for 32nd (78-76-73--227). The Cordeaux Heights, Australia eagled the par-five 12th hole Monday and completed her final 6 holes at 4-under-par.
Benavides became the third Campbell player to win individual tournament honors this fall, joining Bellomy (Golfweek Program Challenge) and Yost (Fighting Camel Fall Classic). Earlier this month, she tied for 17th at the UNCG Starmount Classic before a 10th-place showing at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic.
The title was the 67th of head coach John Crooks' tenure in charge of the Campbell women's program. He stands 4th all-time (2nd among active coaches) in NCAA Division I women's golf tournament coaching victories.
Bellomy and Brooks both finished among the top 15 four times in five tournaments during the fall season. Urquizu, who carded a collegiate career-low 67 Sunday in the Palmetto opening round, has placed among the top 20 individuals in four of five outings.
Ranked No.-35 in the latest Golfstat.com NCAA head-to-head ratings, Campbell returns to tournament action, Feb. 4-5 at the Miami Hurricane Invitational.