WILLIAMSBURG,Va.- Led by medalist Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), the James Madison men's golf team posted a second straight solid round to capture the team title at the 2011 C&F Bank Intercollegiate, March 21-22. The 36-hole tournament was hosted by William & Mary at the Kingsmill Resort playing on the Woods Course (Par 72-6,659 yards) in Williamsburg, Va.
The Dukes kept the momentum from the first round and posted a 3-over 291 to take the top spot among the 24 squads at 4-under 572. Madison finished the tournament eight strokes ahead of runner-up Radford at 4-over 580. USC Upstate followed closely finishing third with 6-over 582. UNC Greensboro was fourth at 9-over 585, with CAA-foe Towson rounding out the top five at 12-over 588.
JMU placed three Dukes in the top five and four in the top-20 individuals at the event, led by Vince, but it was a challenge for the sophomore. Vince finished the round at a career-best 3-under 141 in a three-way tie with teammate junior Chris Wellde (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who also fired a career-low two-round total by seven shots, and Justin Martinson of Delaware. Vince captured the title on the third playoff hole to earn his first collegiate titles.
Junior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) also placed in the top five, tying for fourth with a career-low 1-under 143 for first top-five and second top-10 finish in his JMU career. Junior Chad Mozingo (Culpeper, Va./Culpeper County) had his third top-20, tying for 20th at 3-over 147, finishing two strokes lower than his previous 36-hole career record. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) was the final Duke, tied for 66th at 10-over 154.
"Everyone on the team played great," Head Coach Jeff Forbes said. "We went into the tournament thinking we could win it and they pulled it off. Ryan and Chris played exceptional. The conditions were difficult and I wasn't sure what to expect from our young team but they pulled together and won the tournament."
This was the Dukes' best finish of the season and has shown a change in the young team. Four of the Dukes had their career-best 36-hole scores to contribute to the win. This was also a six-place improvement over last year for Madison, as the Dukes placed seventh out of 22 teams. Both rounds of the this year's tournament rank among the top-10 best rounds of the season with the 7-under 281 being the second-lowest round and the 3-over 291 tying for the sixth lowest team round for JMU.
The next tournament for the Dukes will be The Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa., April 9-11th .