PINEHURST, N.C. - The James Madison women's golf team shot its low round of the tournament and improved its final standing to finish seventh at the 2013 Pinehurst Challenge, April 1-2. Hosted by College of Charleston, the two-day, 54-hole tournament was played at Pinehurst Resort #6 (Par 72 - 5,983 yards) in Pinehurst, N.C.
Madison put together its best round of the tournament, shooting a 17-over 305 in the last 18 to finish at 56-over 920. Richmond maintained its second-round lead and took home the team title at 35-over 899, four shots ahead of host College of Charleston in second at 39-over 903. Penn State finished third at 40-over 904, with Samford in fourth at 52-over 916 and Morehead State rounding out the top five at 53-over 917.
Madison was paced by sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi with her second-straight top-10 finish, tying for eighth at 9-over 225, including a final round 3-over 75. Junior Ginger Mak had her third top-20 finish of the season and second of the spring, tying for 13th at 10-over 226, including a final-round even-par 72. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj was next for JMU at 16-over 232, tying for 27th. Sophomore Nikola Wessels tied for 56th at 23-over 239, with sophomore Shabril Brewer was the final Duke at 24-over 240, tying for 61st. Richmond's Caroline Lovette won the individual title after a final round even-par 72 put her at 3-over 219, two shots ahead of runner-up Harin Lee of St. John’s.
JMU will return to the course on Mon.-Tue., April 8-9 at the Marsh Landing Spring Invitational at Marsh Landing Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.