WILMINGTON, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2008) – Iowa’s men and Wake Forest’s women led wire-to-wire to capture championships of the 7th Landfall Tradition in convincing fashion Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall’s Jack Nicklaus course.
VCU’s Rafael Campos shot a final round 1-under 71 to take home medalist honors in the men’s competition with a 54-hole total of 75-71-71=217. Wake’s Delores White shot a 2-under 70 Sunday for a two-stroke victory on the women’s side with a 75-73-70=218 scorecard.
Playing in near-perfect conditions, the teams opened the final day with a shotgun start. Iowa and Wake Forest then stretched their leads throughout the course of the day, dousing any comeback hopes by the rest of the field.
The Hawkeyes, who ended up with a 24-over 286-312-290=888 total, placed three players among the top seven finishers en route to the men’s championship in their second trip to the Tradition. Iowa wound up 12 shots better than second-place Tulsa at 900. VCU came in third at 908, Virginia Tech finished fourth at 914 and host UNC Wilmington was fifth with a 915 score.
Campos, a junior from Guaynabl, Puerto Rico, entered the final round locked in a three-way tie for first, but broke away for a two-stroke victory by shooting one of seven sub-par rounds on the day in the 12-team men’s field. Iowa’s Vince India and Wisconsin’s Danny Zimmerman tied for second with 219 totals.
Wake, meanwhile, successfully defended its title in a big way. The Demon Deacons, who won last year’s event by nine strokes over Purdue, captured the 2008 crown by a whopping 28 strokes over second-place Ohio State. No. 12 Wake had a 16-over par score of 297-288-295=880, while the No. 14 Buckeyes came in second at 908 and No. 42 Michigan and No. 10 UNC Chapel Hill tied for third with 916’s.
White’s victory kept the individual trophy in Winston-Salem after Nannette Hill captured medalist honors one year ago. The junior from Lakeland, Fla., finished with a 218 card, two stokes ahead of East Carolina’s Abby Bools and three shots better than teammate Jean Chua. White and Bools were the only players in the 12-team women’s field to shoot sub-par rounds on Sunday.
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