KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Against a top-flight field, the James Madison women's golf team improved six shots on its first round and moved up one spot to 14th after two rounds of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate, Oct. 13. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of Tennessee, is being played at Holston Hills Country Club (Par 72 - 6,447 yards) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Playing on the longest course they have seen this year and with seven teams in the top 50 nationally in the field, the Dukes shot a 20-over 308 and had a two-round total of 44-over 622 to improve to 14th. No. 31 Penn State took the 36-hole lead at 4-over 580, one shot ahead of host No. 27 Tennessee. No. 26 Purdue was third at 8-over 584, with No. 23 Texas A&M in fourth one shot back at 9-over 585. No. 10 Northwestern completed the top five teams at 14-over 590.
Junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) is the top Duke in a tie for 11th at 2-over 146 after shooting a second-round 2-under 70. Sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) is next in a tie for 53rd at 10-over 154. Sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) is in 68th at 16-over 160, with freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) is tied for 74th at 19-over 163. Freshman Kelsey Solan (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) rounds out the team scoring in 82nd at 21-over 165. Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster), playing as an individual, is tied for 84th at 23-over 167.
All 16 teams and individuals will play the final round tomorrow, with Madison teeing off No. 10 starting at 9:50 a.m., and playing with Chattanooga and Memphis.