RETURNING TO A FAMILIAR COURSE: The James Madison men's golf team will be heading to The Rutherford Intercollegiate in University Park, Pa., hosted by Penn State University Sat.-Mon., April 9-11. The tournament will be played from the championship tees at Penn State's Blue Course (Par 71-7,202 yards). This is the 35th year Penn State has hosted the Rutherford Intercollegiate, with the host Nittany Lions winning it 21 times. Tee times for all three days' start at 8:30 a.m.
VINCE WINS CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After the completion of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, sophomore Ryan Vince was a strong candidate for the CAA Player of the Week. Managing rounds of 1-under 71 and 2-under 70, Vince was tied for medalist, out of 126 players, at the end of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. Vince went on to win the playoff to be the medalist for the first time in his career. "I was excited to get my first college win since I've been close a couple times before," Vince said. "I was more excited for the team to get its first win for Coach Forbes. That was pretty cool."
LAST TIME AT THE RUTHERFORD: The Dukes went to The Rutherford Intercollegiate last year, placing 10th of 14 teams carding a 59-over 923. The top performer during that tournament was at the time sophomore Chris Wellde, tying for 23rd with a 12-over 228. Chad Mozingo shot a 15-over 231 tying for 32nd while Mike Smith carded a 17-over 233 tying for 42nd. Then-freshman Ryan Vince posted a 23-over 239 to round out the Dukes team tying for 60th.
THE DUKES EARN FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON: The James Madison men's golf team posted two solid rounds to capture the team title at the 2011 C&F Bank Intercollegiate, March 21-22. The Dukes kept the momentum from the first round where they carded 7-under 288 and posted a 3-over 291 in the second 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. 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 win was the first for Head Coach Jeff Forbes and the first for the Dukes since the 2002-2003 season.
DUKING IT OUT FOR MEDALIST: JMU placed three Dukes in the top five and four in the top-20 individuals at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, led by Ryan 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, 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 title. Wellde was eliminated during the first hole of the playoff with Vince and Martinson tying. Vince and Martinson tied on the second hole, leading to a third hole that Vince won when Martinson missed a short putt that could have sent it to a fourth.
HOW THE REST OF THE TEAM PLAYED AT THE C&F BANK INTERCOLLEGIATE: Junior Mike Smith also placed in the top five, tying for fourth with a career-low 1-under 143 for the first top-five and second top-10 finish in his JMU career. Junior Chad Mozingo had his third top-20 finish of the season, tying for 20th at 3-over 147 and finishing two strokes lower than his previous 36-hole career record. Redshirt-sophomore Garrett Whitmore was the final Duke, tying for 66th at 10-over 154.
COACH FORBES' REACTION TO THE WIN: "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."
LEADING THE TEAM: During the spring season, the Dukes have shared the top spot between two players. Sophomore Ryan Vince and junior Chad Mozingo have each been the top performer twice out of the four tournaments so far this spring. Mozingo 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 for the team and completed the C&F Bank Intercollegiate as the medalist, firing 3-under 141. Mozingo 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 year. Vince added his fifth round to the best 10 rounds with 2-under 70 in the C&F Intercollegiate and has a season-low round of 3-under 69 at the Richmond Intercollegiate in the fall.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON: The C&F Bank Intercollegiate was the Dukes' best finish in a competition this year, winning the tournament with 4-under 572. The squad managed to have both rounds place in the team's 10-best low rounds of the year. The first round of 7-under 281 gave the squad its second-lowest round of the year and the second round at 3-over 291 tied for the sixth-best round of the year. The team contributed to their best 10 rounds with one from the Barefoot at the Beach Intercollegiate registering 283 in the third round, one from the Seminole Intercollegiate with 286. Out of the five players at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, four were in the top-20 with three of those being in the top five, including the medalist.
Three of the players also contributed to Madison's low individual rounds this year. Chris Wellde tied the best round with a 5-under 67 and Ryan Vince and Mike Smith tied with the fourth-best rounds at 2-under 70.
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 73.77 average. He also was a medalist, along with having two top-five and top-10 finishes.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Juniors Mike Vince and Chris Wellde both currently rank in the top-10 of JMU's career average list. Wellde's 74.95 average in 56 career rounds played ranks fifth among players since 1993-94. Smith averages 75.06 in 66 career rounds, currently sixth among the top-10 players. In order to qualify for the career list, the player must have played a minimum of 45 rounds. Sophomore Ryan Vince is six rounds short of the minimum but, if eligible, would at this point be second overall in career average with his 74.03 average.
RANKING IN THE CAA: Junior Chris Wellde and sophomore Ryan Vince are both currently in the top-10 players of the CAA, with Wellde ranked eighth and Vince ranked ninth.