MELBOURNE, Fla. - The James Madison women's golf team moved up one spot in the final round and finished 11th at the Knights & Pirates Invitational, April 9-10. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, co-hosted by UCF and East Carolina, was played at Suntree Country Club's Classic Course (Par-72 - 6,145 yards) in Melbourne, Fla.
The Dukes shot a 12-over 300 in the final round to finish at 52-over 916 (300-316-300) and move past fellow CAA competitor Georgia State in the final round, as the Panthers finished at 55-over 919. Co-host No. 41 UCF shot a 4-over 292 in the final round to overcome second-round leader No. 29 Texas Tech by one shot with a 54-hole total of 13-over 877. Wisconsin was third at 17-over 881, with No. 31 Purdue finishing fourth at 24-over 888. Chattanooga and Michigan tied for fifth at 31-over 895.
Freshman Maria Andrea Legaspi led the Dukes shooting 10-over 226, good for a tie for 29th. Legaspi shot an even-par 72 in the final round, her collegiate career best and her first round of par or better at JMU, as well as it being her first time to lead the team in a tournament. Senior Nicole Sakamato tied for 41st at 14-over 230, while sophomore Ginger Mak was one shot behind Sakamoto at 15-over 231, tying for 48th. Freshman Shabril Brewer tied for 51st at 17-over 233 and Nikola Wessels completed the tournament at 27-over 243, finishing in 77th. Playing as an individual, senior Valentina Sanmiguel finished 78th at 28-over 244. Texas Tech's Deborah DeVilla was the tournament's medalist with a 3-under 213, two shots ahead of runner-up Paula Reto from Purdue, who shot 1-under 215. They were the only two players to finish under par in the field.
The Dukes return to the course to battle for the 2012 CAA Women's Golf Championship at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C. April 20-22. Madison is currently ranked third in the CAA according to GolfStat, behind leader Georgia State and last year's CAA champions UNCW. The winner of the three-day, 54-hole tournament earns the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals.