Choi, De Roey start fall strong
Golf World College Players of the Week
Albin Choi, N.C. State
A six-stroke win at the Tar Heel Invitational was the fifth career victory for the junior from Toronto, tying him for second on the Wolfpack's all-time win list with Tim Clark and Nolan Mills (five back of former NCAA champ and fellow Canadian Matt Hill).
Choi shot a closing 68 at the UNC Finley GC in Chapel Hill, N.C., for a 11-under 205 total, two shots off his career best after recording 17 birdies during the two-day event. Four of his five wins have now come in the fall season.
Brant Peaper, Indiana—Medalist at Wolf Run Intercollegiate, winning by seven strokes with a 11-under 202 including a final-round 67.
Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern—Not often do you shoot 80 in the final round of a tournament and claim medalist honors, but that's what the sophomore did at the Invitational at Kiawah Island while playing the Ocean Course under brutal conditions (day's average: 80.48). He had that luxury after shooting a 67 in the second round, the best score of the tournament by three strokes. He is the first Eagle to win a tournament since 2009.
Manon De Roey, New Mexico
The junior from Belgium was playing her first college tournament at the Colonial Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic, yet she looked like a veteran as broke the Lobos' 54-hole scoring record with a nine-under 207 at Ptarmigan CC in Fort Collins, Colo., to claim medalist honors. UNM's previous 54-hole low was a 208 from former All-American Jodi Ewart at the 2009 Dick McGuire Invitational. De Roey's score was the third best in school history in relation to par, behind Ewart's 11 under at the 2009 McGuire and Caroline Keggi's 10 under at the 1986 Roadrunner Invitational.
De Roey was the individual title by four strokes over Texas Tech's Kimberly Kaufman. Only three players in the 90-player field broke par for three rounds (Texas Tech's Gabriella Dominguez being the other). No other player in the field had more than one sub-par round during the event while De Roey broke par in all three rounds (69-68-70).
Camila Hedberg, Florida—Last year's SEC freshman of the year got her sophomore season started well with a 13-under 203 at Yeamans Hall Club in Charlteston, S.C., to win the Cougar Classic by four strokes.
Brooke Bellomy, Campbell—Claimed first college win at the Golfweek Program Challenge with a two-under 211 at Caledonia GC in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The sophomore also led the Camels to a 40-stroke team win over Central Arkanas, giving coach John Crooks his 65th career victory