Campbell golf coach John Crooks announces his recruiting classes for both the men's and women's teams for the upcoming season.
BUIES CREEK — Head coach John Crooks has announced his 2021 Campbell University men’s golf recruiting class.
Henric Bjelke (Oslo, Norway), Petter Hagberg (Gavle, Sweden) and Rasmus Jonasson (Gothenburg, Sweden) and will join the two-time defending Big South Conference champions next month.
Bjelke, Hagberg and Jonasson join a program that has made five consecutive NCAA postseason appearances. A member of the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Crooks has guided his team to three Big South titles in the last five seasons.
”Recruiting is never an exact science, but this year we were able to add three great players,” said Crooks, who is entering his 32nd year in charge of the program.
”Rasmus Jonasson has represented Sweden in international competition after winning one of the biggest tournaments in Europe. Petter has been a strong player with a great work ethic from the same club as Pontus Nyholm in Uppsala. And Henric just won a major junior tournament in Oslo Norway."
Bjelke, Hagberg and Jonasson follow a Scandinavian pipeline to Buies Creek that includes 2021 Big South Golfer of the Year and All-American Pontus Nyholm, who turned pro this month after graduating in May.
Jesper Svensson, the 2017 and 2019 Big South Golfer of the Year, led the Camels to four straight NCAA regional appearances, while Fredric Sundberg earned an individual berth to the 2007 NCAA regionals.
"These three young men will be great ambassadors for Campbell University. It is such an honor to help these student-athletes contribute to Campbell University’s golf team tradition of excellence,” Crooks said.
The 2021-22 Campbell roster will include five Scandinavian players. Henrik Lilja (Gothenburg, Sweden) and Edwin Blomander (Eksjo, Sweden) both earned Big South all-conference honors this spring.
As part of this year’s recruiting class, Taylah Ellems, Julie Fiedler and Izabella Grimbrandt will join the five-time defending Big South Conference champion Campbell women’s golf team next month.
Ellems, Fiedlere and Grimbrandt join a program that has made nine consecutive NCAA post-season appearances.
Crooks has guided his team to 20 NCAA regional trips in the last 23 opportunities and 17 league titles in 30 seasons.
”We have an outstanding group of talented student-athletes joining us in August,” said Crooks. ”Each player has had success on the state, regional or national level in the past 12 months. Combined with our returning student-athletes, I expect Campbell University to be competitive again in the Big South Conference.”
Crooks and assistant coach Lyndsey Hunnell drew from three continents to comprise the 2021 signing group.
”Isabella Grimbrandt is a world-class player with great athletic ability. She is very intelligent and has an outstanding work ethic,” said Crooks.
"Taylah Ellems is an exceptional athlete and one of the best golfers from Canberra, Australia. Julie Fielder is a former runner-up in the N.C. state high school championship."
Ellems joins a long list of Australian standouts to compete at Campbell, including All-American Kylie Pratt (’99), plus conference players of the year Sharon O’Neill (’03) and Nadine White (’16).
The U.S. has produced Lady Camel league golfers of the year Janet Wooten (’93), Kaylin Yost (’12, ’14) and Emily Hawkins (’19).
Meanwhile, Swedes who have won Big South Golfer of the Year honors for the Orange & Black are Annelie Sjoholm (’17, ’18) and Anna Nordfors (’21).