TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- James Madison University's men's golf team could not keep pace with the field and dropped three spots in the final round to finish 12th at the 2011 Seminole Intercollegiate, March 11-13. Hosted by Florida State University, the three-day, 54-hole tournament was played at Southwood Golf Course (Par 71 - 7,141 yards) in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Dukes struggled against the competition and finished the third round at 15-over 299 to wrap up the tournament at 35-over 887. Arkansas kept the lead throughout the tournament and took home the team title with an 8-under 844, three shots better than runner-up Kennesaw State at 5-under 847. Tournament host Florida State placed third at 3-under 849, one shot ahead of North Texas at fourth with 2-under 850. Houston wrapped up the top five squads at 13-over 865.
JMU had a pair of players finish in the top 30, led by sophomore Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) in a tie for 21st at 5-over 218. Playing as an individual, junior Chris Wellde (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was the other in the top 30, as he was one shot behind Vince at 6-over 219 to tie for 29th. Junior Chad Mozingo (Culpeper, Va./Culpeper County) shot a team-best 2-over 73 in the final round to move into a tie for 38th at 7-over 220. Sophomore Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) tied for 47th at 10-over 223, with redshirt-sophomore Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) next for Madison in a tie for 71st at 15-over 228. Junior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) completed the scoring in a tie for 77th at 17-over 230.
Due to travel schedules, a playoff for the individual title was unable to occur, leaving a three-way tie for medalist honors at 5-under 208 between Arkansas' Sebastian Cappelen, Jeff Karlsson of Kennesaw State and Florida State's Drew Kittleson.
Madison is back on the course Mon.-Tue., March 21-22 at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va.