Bellomy working on range, and her game
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- College golfer Brooke Bellomy from Ona is one of the many volunteers helping out at The Greenbrier Classic.
Bellomy spent the first part of Greenbrier Classic week working at the driving range with her father, Brian. They handed out practice balls and put up name tags for players as they went to their hitting stations.
Thursday and Friday, the junior at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., spent time on the Old White TPC golf course at The Greenbrier Resort watching the players. That included catching up with Huntington amateur Pat Carter in round one. Carter got an exemption into the $6.3 million PGA Tour event by winning the 2012 West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier. He has 13 State Amateur titles overall.
Range assistant and spectator aren't the only things on Bellomy's schedule, however.
She's breaking in a new set of Callaway irons, new hybrids and refining all other parts of the game as she prepares for a busy summer schedule.
The Cabell Midland High School graduate starts next week in the Virginias-Carolinas Team Matches on the Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va. At the end of July, she'll defend the West Virginia Women's Amateur title on the Stonehaven Course at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va.
Then it's back to school and season three with the Lady Camels.
"Took some time off after school," Bellomy said. "We played so much. The break was good. Working the range is fun.The players are great. They interact and offer advice. When you watch them, you see why they're so good."
Bellomy is coming off a solid second year in college golf. She was the medalist in the Edwin Watts Golfweek Program Challenge for her second career win. She had seven top 20s and Campbell won six events. Her stroke average was 73.6, three shots better than her freshman year.
She made All-Big South Conference again and joined her teammates in the NCAA Regional in Norman, Okla.
"It's tough out there. You have to be on every week because the competition is so good," Bellomy said.
Bellomy will be playing in her second Virginias-Carolinas Women's Team Matches. The Virginias team lost last year in South Carolina.
"It's a big thing," Bellomy said. "It helps you stay competive and you face very good competition. And it's a team thing and match play. We don't do that often."
As for the Women's State Am, Bellomy finally broke through last year at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. She shot 73 in all three rounds for a 219 and she won by eight. She knows three-time winner Nicole Flood-Sawczyszyn, past champion Samantha DiDomenico, Kimberly Eaton and others will be gunning for her this time.
"Don't worry about that," she said. "I can handle it (pressure)."
Having her dad on her bag works well. They checked out the Stonehaven course on their way to the Greenbrier Classic.
"He helps me stay calm and handle whatever comes up," she said. "It's a challenging course."
Bellomy said she and her dad will devise a plan for the Women's Am.
"I'm hitting the driver the best I ever have," she said. "My short game and putting have been good. I have to get rest of game right.
"He said do what you did last year. Fairways and greens. That sets up the chance to score. Remember par is a good score."