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Merch Madness
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/09/2010
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 9, 2010 - The James Madison women's golf team shot a final round 307, giving the Dukes a 54-hole score of 930 and a 12th-place finish in the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational.  The 17-team event was held at the par-72, 6,282-yard Eagle Landing Country Club at Oakley Plantation in Jacksonville, Fla.

Junior Mary Chamberlain (Dennis, Mass./Suffield Academy) put together the most consistent showing for JMU, carding a 76-75-75=226 to finish tied for 11th.  It was Chamberlain's third consecutive top-15 performance and the ninth of her career.

Sophomore Nicole Sakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kalani) recorded Madison's top individual round, shooting a 1-over-par 73 on Tuesday.  Sakamoto never recovered from an 82 in Sunday's first round, however, and finished tied for 32nd after shooting a 231.

Sophomore Valentina Sanmiguel (Bogota, Colombia/Gimasio gl Montana) and junior Laura Mesa (Manizales, Colombia/Colegio Granadino) finished tied for 61st and 74th respectively.  Sanmiguel carded an 81-78-78=237, while Mesa had an up-and-down showing finishing with an 83-78-81=242.  Junior Catrin Gunnarsson (Bankeyrd, Sweden/Sanda Gymnasiet) rounded out JMU's five-player team in a tie for 85th.

Junior Kelly Lynch (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) participated in the event as an individual, finishing tied for 93rd after shooting an 87-86-82=255.

South Florida came from three strokes back to claim the team championship.  The Bulls recorded rounds of 303-296-299=898 to claim their first team championship of 2010.  Illinois carded a 302 to move into second place, six strokes back of USF.  Central Arkansas (299-297-310=906), the tournament's leader after each of the first two days, finished third, followed by Kennesaw State (304-307-296=907) in fourth.  East Carolina (311-303-301=915) and Stetson (305-304-306=915) rounded out the top five in a tie for fifth.

Hailey Koschmann was the only player to finish the tournament in the red, shooting a 2-under-par to claim the individual title.  Koschmann led after all three days, finishing the tournament with a 69-70-75=214.  Last year's champion, Emma de Groot of Chattanooga, finished second with a 74-70-73=217.  East Carolina's Abby Bools (72-75-73=220) finished third, Shana Yang of South Florida (73-72-76=221) took fourth and Alexandria Buelow of Stetson and Rachael Edwards of South Florida tied for fifth.

The Dukes return to action this weekend in Hilton Head Island, S.C. as they take part in the Low Country Invitational hosted by Wofford.

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