PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – James Madison women’s golf team had its ups and downs in the first round and is currently sixth through 18 holes of the Golfweek Program Challenge, Sept. 8. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
JMU started slow at 7-over through the first nine holes but rallied late, including going 1-under in the final three holes among the counting scores, to come in at 14-over 298 in sixth. Campbell is the first-round leader at 6-over 290, three shots better than Western Carolina in second at 293 and four shots ahead of third-place Stetson at 294. Old Dominion is fourth at 296, with Jacksonville State rounding out the top five at 297. After Madison, there are 13 shots to Akron in seventh at 311.
Senior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) is the first-round leader for JMU at 1-over 72, as Mak played the final 13 holes of the round in 3-under after a tough start on the day. Junior Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) is next in a tie for 10th at 2-over 73, with fellow junior Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) next at 4-over 75 in a tie for 23rd. Sophomore Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and freshman Nicola Haynes (Newcastle-Upon-Tyle, England) rounded out the Madison scoring at 7-over 78, tied for 35th. Lisbeth Brooks of Campbell with a 2-under 69, one shot ahead of teammate Alexandra Prazak and Stetson’s Jenna Hoecker at 1-under 70.
JMU will start at 7:30 off the No. 1 tee, playing with Old Dominion and Jacksonville State.