CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The James Madison University men's golf team finished the 2010-2011 season by placing sixth at the 2011 Cavalier Classic, April 30. The one-day, 36-hole tournament was played on the Birdwood Golf Course (Par 72/6,875 yards) in Charlottesville, Va.
The Dukes' carded a total of 30-over 606 with a 313 round in the morning before rallying for 293 in the afternoon. Host Virginia won the tournament firing a 2-under 574 with rounds of 295 and 279. Coastal Carolina was the runner-up with 5-over 581 followed by Maryland at 11-over 587. Virginia's B Team placed fourth carding a 24-over 600, closely followed by Seton Hall who closed out the top-five with 27-over 603. The Dukes' second round of 5-over 293 ties for the team's 10th best round of the season.
JMU's top performer was sophomore Ryan Vince (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) who finished the tournament in a tie for 10th at 3-over 147. It was his fifth top-10 finish of the season as well as tying his lowest round of the season in the second with a 3-under 69, also tying for the third-lowest round of the season for the Dukes. Redshirt-sophomore Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian, Va. /Midlothian) tied for 21st , posting a 7-over 151 with junior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) close behind, tying for 23rd at 152. Sophomore Rich Leeper (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) rounded out the team score with 11-over 156, tying for 31st . Freshman Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa. /Malvern Prep.) played consistently throughout the tournament, with two rounds of 84 for 24-over 168 to tie for 53rd .
Medalist Ben Rusch of the Virginia B-team fired a 9-under 135 after rounds of 70 and 65. Rusch was followed by runner-ups Tripp McAllister of Coastal Carolina and Virginia's Will Collins, who tied for second with a final score of 4-under 140.