PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. - The James Madison women's golf team improved and moved up one spot into a tie for third through 36 holes of the Golfweek Program Challenge, Sept. 10. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (Par 71 - 6,003 yards) in Pawleys Island, S.C.
JMU shot a 19-over 303, the third-best team score of the day, to post a 36-hole score of 37-over 605 to move up into a tie for third with Boston College. The Dukes shot an 18-over 302 in the first 18, one shot behind Troy in third at 17-over 301 and two back of Boston College at 16-over 300. Campbell is still the leader after two rounds with a 4-over 288 in the second round and a 6-over 574. Central Arkansas is second at 34-over 602, with Troy completing the top five at 41-over 609. Those teams have distanced themselves from the remainder of the field by at least 13 shots.
Junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) led the Madison effort with an even-par 71 in the second round and is in a tie for ninth at 4-over 146. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) improved eight shots on her first round with a 2-over 73 to move up to a tie for 17th at 12-over 154. Sophomores Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) and Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) are tied for 20th one shot back at 13-over 155, while sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) is tied for 32nd at 16-over 158. Troy's Sofia Bjorkman, the opening round leader, is tied for the 36-hole lead with Julia Roth of Central Arkansas at even-par 142.
The Dukes will go off in the final wave off the No. 1 tee starting at 8:10 a.m. for Tuesday's final round, playing with Campbell and Central Arkansas.