STAYING IN VIRGINIA: After finishing their spring break tournaments, the James Madison men's golf team will be heading to Williamsburg, Va., to participate in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. The tournament, hosted by William & Mary, will be Mon.-Tue., March 21-22, at The Woods Course at Kingsmill Resort. The Woods Course is a parkland-style design and is ranked number 10 among courses in Virginia. The tournament will be played using the Gold Tees (Par 72- 6,659 yards), the longest of the four options of play. "This week at William and Mary's tournament, we are playing against other CAA schools," Head Coach Jeff Forbes explained. "This will show us how we are doing in comparison to the other conference schools."
RETURNING TO A FAMILIAR COURSE: This will be the Dukes' first event in Virginia this spring after playing in Florida and South Carolina in the first three. Last year, the Dukes finished in seventh place with then-freshman Ryan Vince as JMU's top individual performer, tying for sixth playing as an individual competitor. Vince completed the 36-hole event with a score of 1-over 143 on the par-71 course. Three members of the current team have played at the Kingsmill Resort, giving the Dukes some familiarity going into the tournament.
LAST TIME OUT AS A TEAM: The Seminole Intercollegiate, hosted by Florida State, was played at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Fla., Fri.-Sun., March 11-13, where JMU finished 12th among the 18 teams. The Dukes registered rounds of 302, 286, and 299 for a finish of 35-over 887. The 2-over 286 in the second round was the team's third best 18-hole score of the season.
A DIFFERENT LEADER: JMU's top player during the 2011 Seminole Intercollegiate was sophomore Ryan Vince, pacing the Dukes with the team's best round in the second, firing 1-under 70 and finishing the tournament tied for 21st at 5-over 218. Playing as an individual, junior Chris Wellde was also in the top 30, as he was one shot behind Vince at 6-over 219 to tie for 29th. Junior Chad Monzingo posted a team-best 2-over 73 in the final round to tie for 38th at 7-over 220. Sophomore Rich Leeper tied for 47th at 10-over 223 followed by redshirt-sophomore Garrett Whitmore who was next for Madison in a tie for 71st at 15-over 228. Junior Mike Smith completed the scoring in a tie for 77th at 17-over 230. "The guys played very well the second day of the FSU tournament and put us in a good position, but we had trouble early in the final day and just couldn't come back from it," Head Coach Jeff Forbes said.
STARTING OFF THE WEEK: The Dukes began Spring Break at the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they placed fifth out of the 12 squads participating. The tournament was hosted by Appalachian State and was played at The Surf Golf and Beach Club (Par 72- 6,917 yards). Madison finished with a final score of 12-over 876 after shooting 5-under 283 on the final round, to put them 10 behind George Washington, the next closest competitor. The Dukes posted the third-best final 18 with 5-under 283 to contribute to their second-best team total of the season. "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."
LEADING THE DUKES TWICE: The Dukes were lead by the top individual performer, junior Chad Monzingo, as he fired a 3-under 69 on the final round for an even-par 216, tying for 13th. This finish was Monzingo's second top-15 finish and it tied his 54-hole career-best score. Sophomore Rich Leeper 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 and individual player Garrett Whitmore 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 total. Junior Mike Smith 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 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 COACH'S VIEW ON THE TRIP: Head Coach Jeff Forbes commented on the overall experience of the two tournaments saying, "Because of some unforeseen circumstances, we have a very young squad. Overall, we played fairly well over spring break."
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON: Junior Chad Monzingo and sophomore Ryan Vince lead the way for the Dukes this spring. Monzingo led the team at both the JU Invitational and the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate. A few days later, Vince paced the Dukes during the Seminole Intercollegiate as the team top performer. Monzingo had his career-best round during the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate firing a 3-under 69. That 69 ties for third best for the Dukes this season, giving him two of the best 10 player rounds on the season. Vince added his fourth round to the best 10 rounds with 1-under 70 in the Seminole Intercollegiate and has a season low round of 3-under 69 at the Richmond Intercollegiate in the fall. The team contributed to their best 10 rounds with two from the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate registering 283 in the third round and 295 in the first round, and one from the Seminole Intercollegiate with 286. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Whitmore had his career best round firing a 2-under 70 along with career best placement tying for 26th at the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate. Vince is currently leading the team on the season with a 74.1 average along with a top five and top 10 finish.