SHOTS HEARD 'ROUND THE COURSE
WRAPPING UP SPRING BREAK IN FLORIDA: The James Madison University men's golf team will wrap up a week out of classes by competing in the 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate, Fri.-Sun., March 9-11. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Southwood Country Club (Par 72/7,172 yards) in Charlottesville, Va. Last year, the Dukes finished 12th out of 18 teams, posting a 54-hole score of 887.
LAST YEAR'S SEMINOLE INTERCOLLEGIATE: 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.
JMU had a pair of players finish in the top 30, led by Ryan Vince in a tie for 21st at 5-over 218. Playing as an individual, Chris Wellde was the other in the top 30, as he was one shot behind Vince at 6-over 219 to tie for 29th. Chad Mozingo 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 tied for 47th at 10-over 223, with Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) next for Madison in a tie for 71st at 15-over 228. Mike Smith 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.
LAST TIME OUT: The James Madison men's golf team maintained its spot in the final round and finished 11th at the 2012 UNCW Seahawk Invitational, Feb. 26-27. The two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at the Country Club of Landfall (Par 72) in Wilmington, N.C.
The Dukes posted their final round with a 21-over 309 to finish at 68-over 932 in 11th place. Second-round leader East Carolina shot a 2-under 286 in the third round and finished at even-par 864 to take home the team title by nine shots over runner-up Wake Forest at 9-over 873. South Carolina moved up two spots in the final round with a final round-best 4-under 284 to shoot 11-over 875. Chattanooga was fourth at 15-over 879, with host UNCW finishing at 16-over 880, edging out Liberty for fifth by one shot.
Madison was led by senior Chad Mozingo, who placed 34th at 11-over 227 (75-79-73) after a team tournament-best 1-over 73 in the last 18. Senior Chris Wellde tied for 48th at 20-over 236 (82-75-79), with freshman Trey Smith next in 53rd at 23-over 239 (83-77-79). Junior Rich Leeper finished one shot back of Smith in a tie for 54th at 24-over 240 (77-85-78), with sophomore Ben Firebaugh tying for 62nd at 29-over 245 (84-75-86).
South Carolina's Welsey Bryan was the medalist at 7-under 209 (68-71-70), two shots ahead of individual Cyrus Steward of Wake Forest at 5-under 211 (71-72-68).
LEADING THE TEAM HAS BEEN WIDE AND VARIED: During the 2011-12 season, Madison has had a mix of players that have finished as the team leader in the tournament. In six tournaments this season so far, there have been five different players finish as the top Duke in the event. The only player that has been on top for JMU more than once is senior Chris Wellde, who was the top player for the Dukes at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (t-30th) and the Barnabas Health Intercolleigate, where he was the medalist.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Seniors Chad Mozingo, Mike Smith, Chris Wellde and junior Ryan Vince are all currently ranked in the top 10 of JMU's career average list. Vince is currently ranked second in career averages with an average of 74.07 in 58 rounds played, a little over three-tenths of a stroke behind Jay Woodson at 73.74 in 119 career rounds. Mozingo is ranked sixth with an average of 75.18 after 57 career rounds. Smith averages 75.29 in 85 career rounds, currently seventh among the top-10 players. Wellde's 75.36 average in 76 career rounds played ranks 10th among players since 1993-94. In order to qualify for the career list, the player must have played a minimum of 45 rounds.
TEAM, WELLDE EARN TITLES AT 2011 BARNABAS HEALTH INTERCOLLEGIATE: The James Madison men's golf team shot a tournament-best 1-over 289 in the final round and captured the team championship by 10 shots at the 2011 Barnabas Health Intercollegiate, Oct. 15-16. The two-day, 36-hole tournament, hosted by Seton Hall University, was at Fiddler's Elbow Country Club's River Course (Par 72 - 7,014 yards) in Bedminster, N.J.
For the second straight day, the Dukes battled challenging conditions with the gusty winds at the River Course and came away the top team on the day and in the event with a 36-hole score of 10-over 586. Madison's 289 in the final round was even more impressive in that none of the five JMU golfers shot more than 1-over 73 in the day's 18. Host Seton Hall was second at 596 after a final round 11-over 299. Temple placed third two shots behind the Pirates at 598, with Longwood at 602 and LIU-Brooklyn at 606 completing the top five squads of the 17 teams competing.
Madison was led by senior Chris Wellde as he birdied the 18th hole to finish at 1-over 73 on the day and even-par 144 for the tournament to finish in a four-way tie for the top spot. Wellde took home medalist honors in a scorecard playoff over Brandon Park of Seton Hall, Temple's Paul Carbone and Longwood's Ross Sumner. Freshman Trey Smith and senior Mike Smith each shot a 1-over 73 in the final round and tied for ninth at 4-over 148 with teammate junior Rich Leeper, who had an even-par 72 in the last 18 to finish at 148. Junior Ryan Vince had the top round for JMU in the last round, shooting a 1-under 71 to finish at 150 and post a top-20 finish with a tie for 18th.
TEAM RECORD: The Dukes have a season average of 299.00, currently ranking as the eighth-best single season scoring average in school history. The top season average is 293.89 from the 2008-09 season.