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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:03/09/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-  The James Madison men's golf team jumped up one spot to finish fifth at the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate, March 6-8.  The three-day, 54-hole tournament was hosted by Appalachian State and played at The Surf Golf and Beach Club (Par 72-6,917 yards) in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

     The Dukes posted the third-best final 18, shooting 5-under 283 for a 54-hole total of 12-over 867, their second best team total of the season. Kennesaw State shot an 8-under 280 in the final round to win the tournament at 19-under 845. Gardner-Webb finished as the runner-up six strokes back at 13-under 851, with Stetson a close third with 11-under 853. 

     The Dukes top performer was junior Chad Monzingo (Culpeper, Va./Culpeper County) as he fired 3-under 69 on the final round for even-par 216 to tie for 13th. The 69 was his best single round of the season and third best for the Dukes. It was also Mozingo's second top-15 finish of the season and career as he tied his 54-hole career best.

     Sophomore Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to tie for 23rd at 4-over 220, his best 54-hole career score and tying his career--best single round.  Sophomores Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and individual player Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) tied for 26th at 5-over 221, firing 1-under 71 and 2-under 70, respectively, in the last round. This was Whitmore's best career single and three-round totals. Junior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) was consistent in the event, shooting 2-over 74 in each round for a finish of 6-over 222, tying for 29th.  Junior Chris Wellde (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) shot 1-over 73 to complete the tournament at a tie for 36th at 9-over 225.  All of the Dukes placed in the top half of 73 players who participated. 

     "The guys played really well the final day," Head Coach Jeff Forbes said. "They are excited about playing at Florida State and building on that last round of this event." 

     Matt Nagy of Kennesaw State was the medalist of the tournament shooting 4-under 68 on the final round to finish the tournament at 13-under 203.  South Carolina's Caulder Moore posted the best round of the tournament with a 7-under 65 in the final round to finish as the runner-up at 9-under 207.  Kennesaw's Jeff Karlsson and Stetson's Gabe Costa tied for third at 7-under 209 while Gardner-Webb's Daniel Kim came in fifth at 6-under 210.   

     The Dukes will now head Tallahassee, Fla., for the 2011 Seminole Intercollegiate. The tournament will be played Fri.-Sun., March 11-13 at the Southwood Golf Club.

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