TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The James Madison men's golf team struggled in the final 18 and finished 15th at the 2012 Seminole Intercollegiate, March 9-11. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Florida State University, was played at Southwood Golf Course (Par 71 / 7,050 yards) in Tallahassee, Fla.
JMU got off to a hot start in the final round, going 4-under on the first three holes of its day but couldn't keep it going, eventually shooting a 19-over 303 in the last round for a three-day total of 44-over 896. Florida State and Georgia Tech went shot for shot in the final round before the host Seminoles came out on top with a one-stroke victory over the Yellowjackets, shooting a 12-under 272 in the final round to finish at 23-under 829. Georgia Tech had a 6-under 278 to finish at 22-under 830, with Kennesaw State in third at 10-under 842. Mercer placed fourth at 3-under 849, with North Carolina completing the top five teams at 5-over 857.
Senior Chris Wellde (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) was Madison's top finisher in a tie for 53rd at 9-over 222, with sophomore Tucker Koch (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep.) two shots back at 11-over 224 in a tie for 64th. Senior Mike Smith (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) finished at 13-over 226 in a tie for 75th, with senior Chad Mozingo (Culpeper, Va./Culpeper County) trailing him by one at 14-over 227 in a tie for 78th. Freshman Trey Smith (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) was the final finisher for JMU, tying for 82nd at 16-over 229. Florida State's Brooks Koekpa shot a 5-under 66 in the final round to shoot 9-under 204 and earn a one-shot victory over teammate Chase Seiffert.
The Dukes return to action Sun.-Tue., March 25-27 at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by William & Mary, is being played at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.